Last week, armed IRS agents raided Great Falls’ Highwood Creek Outfitters in Montana, seizing numerous boxes of ATF form 4473s containing background check information on gun purchasers.
The agents arrived at the store before regular business hours, leaving the owner, Tom Van Hoose, with only 30 minutes of operational time for the entire day.
Van Hoose suspects his store was targeted due to his sale of firearms, which the White House opposes.
Van House explains probable cause for IRS raid
He expressed his belief: “I can only assume that it’s because of the style of weapons that we have and the press that’s so against them.”
“The current administration seems to be hell-bent on getting those guns out of the hands of average Americans.”
ATF form 4473 contains data suitable for gun registry
The ATF form 4473 includes detailed personal information of gun purchasers, such as name, address, birth date, social security number, and serial numbers of purchased firearms.
This data is highly suitable for use in a gun registry or database.
Knudsen raises concerns over ATF accessing gun purchase records
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen raised concerns over the federal agents obtaining this information, mainly because the search warrant was supposed to be limited to financial records.
Knudsen spoke with the shop owner and stated, “What the hell does the IRS need with 4473s?”
“We know the ATF in Washington, DC, is trying to scoop up as many of these purchase records as possible, and that’s what it looks like they’re trying to do here.”
Montana Attorney General criticizes Biden Administration’s anti-gun stance
Knudsen further highlighted a troubling pattern of the Biden administration targeting American gun owners, shops, and manufacturers.
He pointed out that this harassment coincides with President Biden’s push to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which would expose gunmakers to lawsuits related to the illegal use of firearms.
Knudsen criticized the administration, stating, “There’s no question about it; this is the most anti-gun administration in the nation’s history.”
Biden administration aims to repeal PLCAA, advance ‘red flag laws’
The incident in Montana is seen as part of a broader effort by the Biden administration to implement stricter gun control measures.
The administration’s objectives include the repeal of the PLCAA and promoting “red flag” laws, which would allow firearms to be seized without due process.
Raid on gun shop raises concerns for second amendment rights
Critics argue that these actions infringe upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners and threaten Second Amendment protections.
The raid on Highwood Creek Outfitters has raised concerns among gun rights advocates who fear the potential misuse and storage of sensitive personal information obtained by federal agents.
The incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing debate surrounding gun control and the extent of government oversight concerning firearms.