A Washington State sheriff advised his residents that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can come to their home without a search warrant and ask to inspect firearms. They may tell them to move on.
Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer stated in a statement that agents “make surprise home visits to persons who purchase two or more firearms simultaneously.” These ATF visits are not yet occurring in Washington State .”
Mr. Songer states that residents who are contacted in this manner by ATF agents or other federal agents, but do not possess a search warrant for inspection firearms, will be allowed to refuse cooperation. Residents should also contact him if they don’t want to give up their property.
” Ask the agents for a Search Warrant so you can inspect your guns. “The Warrant must have been signed by a Judge,” said Mr. Songer. Ask them whether they are aware that the Sheriff has contacted people within our County .”
The Sheriff suggests that the agents leave the premises. The Sheriff suggests that they tell the agents to leave the property if they don’t agree.
“If ATF agents don’t have a search warrant from a judge and you have asked them to leave, then call me and I will contact the agents,” Mr. Songer states. If they refuse to go, I will arrest them for Criminal Trespass. They will be booked into the Klickitat County jail .
” “These surprise visits from ATF agents are, in my opinion,” Mr. Songer stated in a press release. I believe that this conduct by ATF agents is in violation of your 2nd Amendment rights, under both the U.S. Constitution .”
and the Washington State Constitution.
“They’re looking for “STRAW PURCHASES” in which a legal buyer buys two or more guns and then sells them to another person who can’t pass the legal gun purchase background check ATF Form 4473. It appears that ATF agents are surprise visiting homes along the I -95 corridor between the States of Indiana and Arizona. Biden is from Delaware .”
Mr. Songer released his press release one day following a Delaware resident’s doorbell recording in which ATF agents and state police asked a legal firearm owner to provide serial numbers of their weapons without the need for a warrant.
The video was defended by the ATF as “entirely proper” and caused a commotion among Second Amendment advocates organizations including Gun Owners of America. They claimed that the U.S. background check system had become a registry which allowed the federal government, through the ATF illegal actions .”
, to verify who is the owner of what guns.
Rep. Matt Rosendale from Montana, demanded an investigation. He said he was concerned that there would be “more illegal inspections” as the Left continued to attack our 2nd Amendment rights. Congress must immediately investigate the matter