Joe Biden Declares War on American Gun Dealers

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- While the world’s attention is focused on the horrific events unfolding in Eastern Europe, the Biden-Harris administration quietly unleashed hell on American gun dealers.

As the NRA first noted, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has started revoking licenses of gun dealers for the most minor of paperwork errors – errors that never led to license revocations until Biden took office.

The move was intended to bolster Biden’s politically motivated strategem, which he first announced June 23, 2021, that “rogue” gun dealers are responsible for skyrocketing crime rates in large cities that historically have been controlled by Democrats. The “epidemic of gun violence” wasn’t caused by weak prosecutors who refuse to hold criminals accountable, or gangs or underfunded police departments or by any combination thereof, Biden claimed. It was all the fault of “rogue gun dealers.”

Back then, Biden said rogue dealers willfully transfer firearms to prohibited persons, fail to conduct background checks, falsify records and/or refuse to cooperate with an ATF tracing request or inspection.



This week, The Biden-Harris administration added four more criteria to the rogue list – all minor paperwork errors: failure to account for firearms, failure to document a gun buyer’s eligibility, failure to maintain records needed to comply with an ATF tracing request and failure to report multiple handgun sales.

FOIA the FOIA

To vet Biden’s rogue gun dealer theory, on the same day he made his “rogue” speech, the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the ATF, seeking the following:

Copies of documents that show the number of Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) and their state of residence, who have been prosecuted for willfully transferring a firearm to a prohibited person over the past three years (from June 23, 2018 to June 23, 2021.)

Copies of documents that show the number of Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) and their state of residence, who have been prosecuted for ignoring and/or refusing to cooperate with a tracing request from the BATFE, over the past three years (from June 23, 2018 to June 23, 2021.)

(Note: We did not seek the names or other identifiers of any FFL.)

The FOIA request would prove or disprove Biden’s claims, which everyone, even the ATF, likely knew were false. If the rogue dealers were responsible for the increasing violence, there should be hundreds if not thousands of prosecutions and subsequent FFL revocations. If Biden’s claims were false, there would likely be a half-dozen prosecutions in the entire country.

Four months passed without a word from the ATF — not even an acknowledgment they had received the FOIA request. Then, in October, the ATF finally admitted it had received the request, but warned it might take even longer to process.

“For your information, this office assigns incoming requests to one of three tracks: simple, complex, or expedited. Each request is then handled on a first-in, first-out basis in relation to other requests in the same track. Simple requests usually receive a response in approximately one month, whereas complex requests necessarily take longer. At this time, your request has been assigned to the complex track,” the ATF letter states.

The letter also provided the names of two FOIA liaisons, Darryl Webb and Zina Kornegay. Months of calls and messages left for these alleged liaisons were not returned.

In February, after another four months had passed, Kornegay finally answered her phone.

“I’m seeing a bit of back-and-forth,” she said of the request. “Let me look into this further. I will try and find out what’s going on with this.” She refused to say when the ATF would actually respond to the FOIA request. “Let me speak to my team leader,” she said. “I do see your request, but there seems to be some back-and-forth about the best way to handle it.” Kornegay was clearly alarmed by something she read in the FOIA file. She promised to call in a few weeks, but never did.

Now, nearly nine months after the original FOIA was filed, there has been no further communication from the ATF, so the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project sent ATF a second FOIA request – an attempt to find out more information about the kerfuffle our first FOIA request seemingly ignited.

Specifically, we requested copies of all internal ATF emails related to our first FOIA, as well as copies of all external emails the ATF received related to our initial request – for example, emails that may have come from the White House. We will publish any response we receive.

True Intent

The Biden-Harris Administration clearly wants to revoke as many FFLs as they can. Their goal is simple and transparent: Fewer gun dealers will result in fewer gun sales. Like most of their anti-gun schemes, they did not take into account that criminals don’t buy their firearms from licensed gun dealers, they steal them or buy them on the black market, so the administration’s plan will only infringe upon law-abiding firearm purchasers.

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About Lee Williams

Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” is the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

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ExGob

Biden knows that he will have a troop of bodyguards close around him for the rest of his life, and he apparently thinks that if he doesn’t need a gun, no one else does either. But for those of us, practically everyone else, who don’t enjoy such luxury, the need for, and carry of, a reliable firearm becomes stronger every day. The need to arm-up will continue get stronger and Biden would love to see the manufacturers forced to cease operations, most likely because he knows former and future president Donald J. Trump would certainly be against it. I anxiously… Read more »

KK

Remember who this war is against and what they are pushing to achieve.
This is proof that they do not care about the victims of inner city warzone violence.
They intend on forcing an agenda against the American people that an armed citizenry will never accept.
Everything they do ignores inner city crime and violence and targets armed American Citizens, and works against their ability to be effectively armed, and to have firearms and ammunition readily available to them.

Bill

I seem to recall FFL dealers being harassed during the Bill and Hillary Clinton administration. Many FFL dealers turned in their licenses because of this.

DDS

My dad had an FFL for a while. He never actually sold a gun in his lifetime. But with an FFL and a tax number, he could buy firearms wholesale from the local Remington distributor. I imagine he wasn’t the only one. A similar situation probably applied to all those folks who once upon a time, and often still do, sold guns from a single table at a gun show. They used to have an FFL but sold at such low volume they didn’t meet AFT’s “nail jelly to a tree” criteria for being engaged in the business. So “Slick… Read more »

Finnky

Love your jelly analogy. Fits this so well. Those same FFLs who did not qualify for FFL because they were not “engaged in the business” and now subject to prosecution for being “engaged in the business” – often at a lower level than when license was revoked for not being in the business.

You forgot #FAFT, which couples nicely with Let’s go Brandon.

Henry Bowman

They can declare war, they can even start a war. But if they do, it will become a REVOLUTION, and they’ll reap what they have sown!

Tank

100% True

MP71

Correct me if I’m wrong. Weren’t there gun dealers contacting the AFT regarding suspicious transactions for guns that ended up being trafficked into Mexico as part of Fast and Furious?

Ram

During the Fast and Furious debacle, Woodward’s Washington Post printed a piece about a gun shop who completed a transaction with a straw purchaser. The WAPO piece named and blamed the gun shop proprietor, and then went into a huge anti-gun rant. The story was presented as though it were cutting edge, and current. However, that story had blown up nationwide, and had been settled (ignored), after the gun-shop produced recordings of their contact with the ATF. Which proved the ATF had directed the shop to complete the transaction. Twelve weeks after the last word on the subject, Wapo presented… Read more »

Mystic Wolf

The short answer “NO”

2WarAbnVet

Why not? He already declared war on our republic and all of its citizens.

Dry gulched

Whenever these cretins take the oath of office they promise to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution, not rip it up. They should be impeached for that alone.

2gats

Impeachment?? They should be hung as traitors

pww586

all so hang the RINO traitors. LETS GO BRANDON

Mystic Wolf

While they are hanging use them for some well deserved target practice as well

willyd

I would be better satisfied to see them face a FIRING SQUAD on the WHITEHOUSE LAWN!!!!!!!!!!!

Bucketboy

Only if they are harassing roger stone

None

And hung for Treason

swmft

well if there were zero cases of this think they would admit the truth?

DDS

Let’s see if we can work through this one step at a time. Most new gun buyers in this day and age say they’re buying their first gun, not for hunting, not for target shooting, not to over throw the government, or even to prevent tyranny. Nope! They’re buying a gun for protection. Is FedGov doing anything to make people feel safer? After all, if people in genteral are buying guns for protection, and you make them feel safer, less “guns on the street” should be the result. So are they doing anything to lessen the demand for new guns?… Read more »

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Henry Bowman

I prefer actual safety over “feeling safe”. The only way to be actually safe is to be armed and have good situational awareness!

DDS

As do many. But you have to keep in mind many others are about their “feels”. It is not optimal, but reality rarely is.

Tank

100% True

Montana454Casull

FJB and the Democrats and the 17 RINOs who sold out gun owners . Let’s go Brandon #FJB !

Bill

Yes, and also FJC (#$%$ John Cornyn)!

Mystic Wolf

Just call them what they really are (SATAN WORSHIPPING DEMONCRATS) just drop the demo, these thugs that want to take our guns are flat up satanic demons, they stopped being people when they started going after our rights.

Monkey Mouse

I expected the administration to do this, just a lot earlier than now.

Considering that normally law abiding citizens in NYC are turning to the streets to acquire firearms now – since the “official” process to get one legally takes forever and is extremely restrictive; what are they going to accomplish besides piss people off.

Arny

I wonder how many gun dealers will resort to illegally selling firearms that are put out of business ? I know I would. You want to label me as a criminal & I will be one. What have you got to lose ? Remove the Gov Bureaucracies
(byoo͝-rŏk′rə-sē
nounAdministration of a government chiefly through bureaus or departments staffed with nonelected officials).
America & the world would prosper.

Tank

For those truly awake with un occluded vision can clearly see only one entity that’s rogue as a tyrant oppressing those who stand for immutable inalienable liberty & freedom’s.

Debt slave cycle Babylonian $ magi-ck. Machiavellian Dark Prince of Thieves.

All Animals are equal. Some animals are more equal than other’s.
Orwell

Opinion is the medium between ignorance & knowledge.
Plato

This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
Plato

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Rob

No more Dan Brown novels for you

Tank

I knew way before Dan Brown wrote his BS drivel cryptic codex. Never read his books anyways FTR but, I did read Orwell-Huxley-Wells-Pike- Nietzsche- Camus-Jung-Emerson-Thoreau-Carrol-Quigley-Asimov-Herbert-Clark-Thompson- Phillip K Dick-Wells-Creighton-Vonnegut-Sagan-Albert Pike-Machiavelli et alia.

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Mystic Wolf

The quid-pro-joe once said that war is peace and that slavery is freedom, well that line is right out of 1984. The biden is and has been using that particular book as a blueprint for how to handle this country. All of those around him are doing the same thing, look at that occasional cortex she is one that has been making full use of said book.

Tank

Couldn’t agree more.

Arizona

When, in the course of human events…

Finnky

Are there any numbers available on how many licenses they have revoked ? I realize that was part of referenced FOIA request, but all alone annual number of revocations would tell us much. Version of ATFs statement I read on another article (John Crump’s?) said they would revoke licenses for WILLFUL violations. If they stick with that standard, a simple error would not lead to revocation. If they were going to court of law, willful would require proving intent. Of course we are talking about #FAFT, so they don’t follow rules as a court would, nor do they consider their… Read more »

Bill

When it comes to disputes with the IRS and BATFE, “innocent until proven guilty” is tossed in a dumpster! Also, what is “willful” is based on the judgment of the BATFE agent conducting the inspection! GOOD LUCK!

Russn8r

“It is not only the juror’s right, but his duty to find the verdict according to his best understanding, judgment, and conscience, even in opposition to direction of the court.”
John Adams

“I consider trial by jury [an] anchor by which gvt can be held to its constitution…It is usual for jurors to decide the fact, and refer the law to judges. But this lies with their discretion. If the question relate to any point of public liberty, or if judges may be suspected of bias, the jury undertake to decide both law and fact.”
Thomas Jefferson

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Finnky

Why are so many down voting simple support for jury nullification? is it because while jury nullification appeals to our inherent sense of justice, we are aware that most jurors will not judge the law? I know anyone with whom I have discussed the subject, outside fellow gun nuts, has vehemently denied that juries may go outside judges directions. is it any wonder other barriers to tyranny are falling when so many are fighting to remove what may be the strongest barrier of all?

Wild Bill

Those fellows that denied jury nullification just did not know as much as they thought that they did.

None

I used to believe in law and order once which shows how nieve I was I had a jury trial and it was a friday nearing 4 pm rush hour they couldn’t find me guilty gast enough to get out of there
For a crime I had no part of, I would never have a jury again if you paid me

Finnky

Sounds terrible. i had a mock jury trial in third grade civics. It was an eye opener into how our system works. Jury voted based on gender and popularity, ending up split evenly. Class was coming to a close so the judge (teacher) declared me guilty and dismissed the class. Never mind i’d actually done whatever misdeed I was charged with, but it contributed greatly to my views on juries. Fortunately for my sake stakes were as nothing in comparison to what you faced. Sorry to hear of your tribulations. Were you able to come over turn on appeal? From… Read more »

JayDubya

Perhaps your defense lawyer shares the blame?

john

This president can not remember what he had for breakfast this morning. Last week Biden said that Harris was the first lady than he went off the script trying to cover mumbling his way like a idiot. The man is dangerous to our country he is a embarrassment and the world is less safe because of him and the democrats. Democrats along with the United Nations the Deeper State Bidens handlers want every Americans gun. They will stop at nothing never forget that. They have attacked the lenders federally insured banks to stop lending to small gun stores they lost… Read more »

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Bigfootbob

Damn John, another Gold Star post. I know you are, but please tell everyone you know this, go to your neighbors talk to them too. Hell, it might even be prudent this Spring, Summer and Fall to hold signs, write generic letters for the folks in our circle of influence to take and alter a bit and post to socialist media, letters to the editor, etc, etc. Get a stack of voter registration forms and help people get registered. Call your local county elections office and volunteer to be a poll watcher. (HUGELY IMPORTANT) Lastly make sure EVERYONE you know… Read more »

musicman44mag

Also, if you happen to live in one of the 18 states that has legalized pot and you have some liberal stoners in your sphere, give them a high potency joint if they vote the proper way, they probably won’t remember voting anyway.

News alert, stoners will say they will vote for what you want to get the joint and then vote demonkkkrat anyway and then talk about the stupid fool that gave them a joint to vote republican while they all laugh together.

Sorry, don’t mean to be an DONKEY but that is what would really happen.