Remember the ATF’s statement that no one is going to come for your weapons and no one is keeping track of them? Maybe they are.
According to the ATF, there are several sections of the Gun Control Act of 1968 that enable them to show up at your home unannounced and demand to see your newly acquired weapons. I was aware of the permission for unannounced NFA inspections (ATF can come without a warrant once a year for business premises inspection), but beyond that, the government needs a cause and that cause must be spelled out in a warrant signed by a judge. Even with an NFT, apparently, you still have 4th Amendment rights. Of course, the Gun Control Act applies to FFLs, but record keeping and weapon inspections do not apply to private residences. That appears to necessitate a warrant.
Nonetheless, ATF has the authority to enter private residences of gun owners without notice and request access to their weapons. If this appears to be in a dystopian novel or the feverish dreams of Biden’s nominees, you’re mistaken. It happened in Delaware, according to an Armed American News exclusive report and video. Most law-abiding individuals are intimidated by guys with badges and guns asking them questions. Getting pulled over for a defective taillight may cause anxiety, but if six armed men appear at your door requesting access to your firearms, you might be worried.
Last month, a guy in Delaware had the local cops and federal ATF agents knock on his door. He’s not a person of interest; he’s a legal gun owner. Of course, the police and ATF agents were all armed. The ATF wanted to inspect his weapons.
You may watch it here or at the Twitter link below.
VIDEO: ATF conducts surprise firearm inspection at gun owner’s home without search warrant. @aarmark @eb454 @2AFDN @CCRKBArms @TheGunFeed @FloridaCarryInc #Delaware #ATF #WarOnGuns https://t.co/jw6VxN9cqO
— Lee Williams (@HT_GunWriter) July 18, 2022
There are (apparently) 3 reasons why the ATF might be demanding for you to show your most recent purchases.
1. Tracing: If your legally acquired weapon is later stolen and subsequently used in a crime, the ATF will come and ask questions. This appears to be completely acceptable.
2. In Delaware, for example, the police launched an investigation into several gun transactions. The owner purchased his weapons, the paperwork was completed by the FFL, and AFT came to his door.
3. Conducting a welfare checkup. If you believe that “Red Flags” are bad, wait until this becomes common place!