ATF: ‘Tell all your FFL friends we’re coming for them next.’

After seeing the Russell Fincher story below a reader reached out with his own story concerning the veiled threat of violence by the ATF.

Russell Fincher stands in front of empty gun safes at his home in Tuskahoma, Okla., on Sept. 1, 2023. ATF agents confiscated his firearms during a June 16 raid. (Michael Clements/The Epoch Times)

As agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) left Russell Fincher’s house with 50 legally-owned firearms and his freshly relinquished Federal Firearms License (FFL), they offered him a tip.

“They said, ‘Tell all your FFL friends we’re coming for them next,’” Mr. Fincher told The Epoch Times.

Mr. Fincher said the agents badgered him about the gun show trade, which was completely legal. He said they repeatedly accused him of providing guns to “criminals” and “gangbangers.”

According to Second Amendment advocacy groups, the raid indicates a coordinated effort by President Joe Biden’s administration to throttle legal gun sales to advance a gun control agenda.

A Reader Writes

Many years ago, when I was still in college, I applied for and received a Federal Firearms License (FFL).  It was pretty straight-forward, and I believe the cost was $30.  This was towards the end of the Bush Sr. administration.  My sole purpose was to be able to purchase guns, ammunition, and supplies at wholesale for the enjoyment of myself, friends, and acquaintances.  I never sold anything at a profit, I just wanted to pass the savings along for a sport that I truly loved.   

Since my friends were all poor (like me), I only ended up selling a handful of guns — the majority being hunting rifles.  A couple of years passed by and Bill Clinton was in office and I transitioned from college to an Engineering job.  About that time I started hearing rumors that the ATF was cracking down on FFL holders.  I didn’t think a whole lot about it, because, after all, my total purchases were less than a dozen. 

Then I started reading articles and hearing from friends that the ATF was going around and “checking in” on FFL dealers.  For little guys like me, that did business from my home/apartment, It started to become a common theme of the ATF that they would show up at your “business”, and if you were not at there at your “specified” business hours, they would simply smash your door in/off its hinges, ransack your place, then leave a note on your door frame (since your door was dilapidated/missing) that they had come by and you weren’t there. 

After a few more of these stories started to accumulate, I quickly decided that I would relinquish my FFL and have never had one since.  In today’s corrupt political environment, it is no surprise that I am seeing the same (and even worse) antics being played out currently.  

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