So, the Feds expect citizens to “play by the rules”… but they don’t?
Uh huh, we’re learning.
Might as well replace ATF on those uniforms with SS.
“Just doing our job, sir.”
Yep… keep it up, and soon you’ll find defenders of liberty being forced to do theirs.
Ares Armor sells what are called “80% lower receivers” to allow a buyer to make his own AR-15 rifle. According to federal law,”The term ‘firearm’” includes “the frame or receiver of” a weapon, but one that is only 80 percent complete does not fall under that category.
When ATF agents began nosing around Ares Armor and started asking questions, the store obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting the agency from seizing its product line and customer list. A hearing was scheduled for March 20 to litigate the issue.
However, on Saturday, ATF agents raided Ares pursuant to an ex parte order — an order obtained without notice to the other party, in this case Ares — and did just what Ares feared, according to the amateur video below.
In ATF’s ex parte application dated Friday, the agency alleged that it “is conducting a lawful criminal investigation of the illegal manufacture, distribution, sale, and possession of AR-15 variant lower receivers, which are considered firearms under the Firearms Control Act.”
What the agency’s application failed to mention, however, was that none of the items were a complete product — they were “80% lower receivers,” which remove them from the “firearm” definition to be classified as “parts.”
In August, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., introduced HR 2910, the “Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Act,” which would define “80% lower receivers” as firearms.
Unless and until that bill is passed into law, ATF had no business making Saturday’s raid. If they claim that the receivers seized don’t meet the definition of an “80% lower receiver,” the issue is one that should more probably be litigated in the courts before raiding a lawful business and seizing everything in sight.
This really bugs me… I have to emphasize again… the guys who put on SS uniforms… the ones who guarded the gate at Auschwitz were just the neighbor down the street… the guy who coached the community soccer team… the man who oversaw the town festival each year. But because they valued something more than principle—elevated “obeying orders” to a higher place than obeying God… Hell visited earth.
Federal employees have got to stop their short-term thinking, and read and re-read our Founding documents. Otherwise, Hell is going to visit the earth again very soon, and its acolytes will be wearing U.S. insignias.
This is how tyranny rises… guys with Federal paychecks just doing what they’re told—and violating their oath to the Constitution in the process.