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ATF Raids Homes Looking for "80%" Frames

Posted by Keith G. Langer | Mar 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

3/20/21 - Ammoland.com Reports on ATF Raids

ATF agents and a detective showed up at the door of one of the co-owners of a company that sells unfinished 80% kits at gun shows in the mid-Atlantic region of the country. Here's what happened:

“The agents wanted to search the owner's house, and the owner agreed because he had nothing illegal. The agents didn't find anything against the law in the home but did want to take the owner's legally owned firearms. The owner refused then the agents said they were just going to take a finished P80, a single kit, and two MCK stabilizers. The company's owner once again refused the request and asked the law enforcement officials to leave his home.

The ATF agents said they would wait there until they could secure a search warrant if the owner refused to turn over the items. The owner started to call an attorney, at which point the officials said they decided not to seek a warrant that day but would in the future and then left. The only contact they left him was Detective EE Schwartz's business card (badge: 1665) of the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Before they left, the agents took pictures of all the firearms and serial numbers to run checks.

AmmoLand News has learned of two other visits by ATF agents to dealers' homes that sell unfinished frames. Although in their case, they told the ATF agents to leave if they did not have a search warrant. The agents threatened to wait there until a judge issued a search warrant but once again left without executing a search of the properties.”

The take-away:

1. Do not let police in without seeing a warrant, and;

2. Have a lawyer you can call to protect your rights.

About the Author

Keith G. Langer

Keith G. Langer, Attorney at Law SERVING NORFOLK COUNTY, MA, AND SURROUNDING AREAS Solo practitioner concentrating in civil litigation, collections, family law and administrative law, particularly firearms licensing.Professional Qualifications: One of the longest-serving member of the Firear...

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