Red's Trading Post in Twin Falls, Idaho, is the state's oldest gun
shop, opened since 1936. In 2004, a routine BATFE audit revealed minor
clerical errors. According to Red's, out of nearly ten THOUSAND firearms
transferred between 1996 and 2004, the alleged error rate did not
even reach 1%. Even the BATFE acknowledges these are minor paperwork
errors -- there are no missing firearms and no willful illegal acts.
And yet the BATFE has revoked the ability of Red's Trading Post to
acquire firearms for resale, although they're still permitted to sell
the firearms in stock ... for now. But that's not enough -- the BATFE
wants to revoke Red's license permanently.
Red's appealed, was denied, and are now headed to federal court.
They have spent over two years and $20,000 in legal fees in this battle
and are now taking it public. You can read more about Red's Trading
Post at http://www.redstradingpost.com/atf.php
and view their fact sheet (in MS Word format) at www.jpfo.org/redsatffactsheet.doc
The Red's Trading Post site even includes an article about a competitor
-- Blue Lakes Sporting Goods -- who was similarly railroaded by the
BATFE. In an act of supreme hubris, the BATFE actually denied the
Blue Lakes the right to appeal until AFTER they were in the middle
of a "Going Out of Business" sale!
Unfortunately, as our readers know, this is hardly unusual behavior
for the BATFE.
During the March 28, 2006 Congressional BATFE hearings, attorney
Richard Gardiner testified that the BATFE's "enforcement"
tends to focus on trivial violations that do not affect public safety,
and that the BATFE imposes an unreasonable standard of perfection
on FFLs ( http://judiciary.house.gov/media/pdfs/gardiner032806a.pdf
). That latter is especially ironic considering the extremely poor
state of the BATFE's own record-keeping, about which they routinely
perjure themselves in court (see and hear it from the mouth of the
NFA Branch chief himself in Batfe - Reckless Record Keeping
JPFO understands that enough is enough. We plan to bring this rogue
agency to its knees with our upcoming documentary _The
Gang_ ( www.jpfo.org/thegang.htm).
Throughout its production, we've received help from criminal investigators,
historians, attorneys, BATFE victims, rock legend Ted Nugent, Knob
Creek Enterprises, _Unintended Consequences_ author John
Ross, and many others. Everyone who understands the true threat to
our freedoms that the BATFE poses owes these people a very big thank
We plan to list these heroes in the Producer's Circle of the film
credits -- it's the least we can do. And it's not too late for YOU
to join them. If you want to be listed in the Producers circle, we
need your contribution RIGHT NOW. Go to http://shop.jpfo.org/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=16
. A donation of $250 or more will get you listed, plus you'll receive
a free DVD copy of the finished film and a copy of our book _"Gun
Control": Gateway to Tyranny_.
Do it for Red's Trading Post. Do it for Blue Lakes Sporting Goods.
Do it for ALL the victims of the BATFE's arbitrary, capricious "enforcement".
Most of all, do it for yourself.
Do it today.
- The Liberty Crew