Saturday, September 16, 2023

ATF Withdraws Attempt to Revoke License of North Dakota Firearm Dealer

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Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) are pleased to reveal that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has withdrawn its attempt to cancel the Federal Firearms License (FFL) of Morehouse Enterprises, operating under the name Bridge City Ordnance, in Valley City, North Dakota.

Before this development, both GOA and GOF had taken legal action to defend the gun shop, which was at risk of losing its license over minor clerical mistakes. Under the Biden administration's "Zero Tolerance" approach, such errors became a basis for license termination.

This marked a shift from the ATF's former policy, which initially called for warnings and mandatory corrections for first-time offenses, progressing to license cancellation only if no improvement was made.

The timing of the ATF's unannounced inspection of Bridge City Ordnance became suspicious to many, as it occurred shortly after the store allied with GOA and GOF in another lawsuit. This other legal action contested the ATF's regulation on Ghost Gun Frames and Receivers.

Both legal battles are still underway.

Erich Pratt, the Senior Vice President of GOA, commented:

"When the ATF attempted to make an example out of gun sellers who had the courage to challenge them legally, they didn't realize what they were getting into. GOA and GOF intervened, and it became clear to the ATF that they were heading for a losing fight. We're delighted for Bridge City Ordnance and hope this experience will lead the ATF to reconsider their 'zero tolerance' stance."

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