Strategic Defense in Biden’s War Against American Gun Dealers

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- The Biden-Harris administration is not hiding their goal of eliminating as many gun dealers as possible. They recently ordered the ATF to start revoking Federal Firearm Licenses for even the most minor of paperwork issues. This level of weaponization is unprecedented, even for the ATF. It’s clear that the administration mistakenly believes that if they reduce the number of gun dealers, they will reduce the number of guns. Unfortunately, the White House is unaware that criminals don’t purchase their firearms from federally licensed gun dealers. They get them the old-fashioned way, by stealing them or buying them on the black market from other criminals.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation warned about Biden’s likely weaponization of the ATF during the 2020 presidential campaign. “He and Vice-President Harris said separately they were looking to weaponize the ATF against the firearm industry,” said NSSF spokesman Mark Oliva. “We predicted this and we are seeing them turning the ATF into a bludgeon against the FFLs.”

For gun dealers, one key to fighting back against Biden’s overreach, Oliva said, are the services and advice of FFL Consultants, which the NSSF provides free to its members. “They are extremely successful and value-added to NSSF,” Oliva said.

FFL Consultantsmantra is “get it right the first time,” according to co-founder John “JB” Bocker.

“Our goal is to prevent an incident from occurring,” Bocker said. “Our goal is prevention – get it right the first time. We are the proactive and preventative arm of the NSSF.”

Bocker and cofounder John “JC” Clark realized long ago that a gun dealer’s ability to succeed depends on their ability to “access, comprehend, understand and train to the requirements of both federal and state oversight organizations.” Bocker and Clark support licensed gun dealers across the country, from smalltime hobbyists and gunsmiths to large firearm manufacturers, importers and exporters.

FFL Consultants cofounders John “JB” Bocker and John “JC” Clark. (Photo courtesy FFL Consultants.)

Founded in 2016, FFL Consultants supports all NSSF members. “Anyone can call us,” Bocker said. “We realize the dealer usually has a customer standing in front of them waiting at the gun counter, so we promise 24/7, 365-day live answering – one of us always answers the phone.”

There were far fewer issues to resolve under the Trump administration, Bocker said. Now, unfortunately, business is booming. “The Biden administration – in my opinion, speaking as an independent consultant – is grasping at straws,” Bocker said. “The arm-brace issue is a little scary. We hear there have been 13 million sold in America over the past five years. What will people do with them if they’re no longer legal – register, dismantle, detach? There’s been no guidance for gun dealers who are holding all of this merchandise in stock.”

“Pre-Biden,” Bocker said, the ATF’s attitude was “If you have an error, call us and we’ll help you correct it.” Now, local control and discretion has been removed from the agents and the agency. “It’s the Attorney General’s Office making the decisions,” Bocker said. “Everything goes through D.C.”

Bocker cited as an example the owner of a multi-million-dollar gun store and range that never had a serious compliance issue before. Now, they’re negotiating with attorneys so the owner can surrender his FFL rather than face revocation, all because an employee misread a background check and allowed a firearm to be temporarily transferred to a prohibited person. The employee caught her error, and the gun dealer called the customer. The weapon was recovered and the whole error was immediately reported to their local ATF inspector. Still, during an audit three months later, even though the gun shop had self-reported the transfer to a prohibited person and corrected the error, a revocation of the FFL was ordered.

“That’s one of the ugliest ones and the most impactful,” Bocker said. “There is a very short list of important pieces of a regulatory process that all must be perfect. The sad part is that we have humans running these stores who can make mistakes.”

Case study

Mark Glavin owns the Fox Valley Shooting Range in Elgin, Illinois.

Glavin first met John Bocker at the SHOT Show in 2017, after being introduced by the NSSF. Glavin was a self-described “gun industry outsider” who had a dream of owning a gun shop and indoor range, but no knowledge or practical experience in how to make it happen.

“As we progressed from an idea to a business plan to getting through the regulatory hurdles, they helped us out from a logistics perspective,” Glavin said. “I was not from the gun industry. I was walking in blind. FFL Consultants helped guide us through city and ATF regulations. Our city needed a security plan. We spent half a day with John back and forth on the phone. He recommended some additional safeguards, which we used, and we were able to produce a document substantial enough for the city to give approval.

“They showed us things we were doing wrong and the steps to take to correct it. They did mock audits with us, which proved extremely beneficial, especially during our first year,” Glavin said. “The FFL Consultants help an FFL stay out of hot water with the ATF. We’ve been open for four years now – two during COVID, so we have not had a visit from the ATF. They’re help will prove out when we get our first ATF audit and walk away with our FFL. I strongly recommend them. I definitely value having them on speed dial.”

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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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john

Joe Biden & Company
Repeated abuse of exec­ut­ive power, govern­ment offi­cials’ uneth­ical conduct, and politi­ciz­a­tion of govern­ment func­tions have eroded public trust. A core tenet of our demo­cracy — that no one is above the law — must be restored

Pa John

“Pre-Biden,” Bocker said, the ATF’s attitude was “If you have an error, call us and we’ll help you correct it.” Now, local control and discretion has been removed from the agents and the agency. “It’s the Attorney General’s Office making the decisions,” Bocker said. “Everything goes through D.C.” – – – Trademark signature of the “marriage of corporation and state” fascist left. It’s not just always about putting ever more power into government, or even just utilizing a “marriage of corporation and state” to bypass all lawful limitations on governmental power (Facebook / Twitter / Google / etc. used to… Read more »

Finnky

Guess this resolves any question of whether biden was virtue signaling or really was going to war against we the people. ATF memo specifically said WILLFUL violations. Doesn’t get less willful that misreading something, catching it, fixing the error and reporting it to “the man.” Given differences between inspectors it is impossible to comply perfectly. Have a friend who was written up for using multi-handgun forms for people buying multiple 22’s. He then did not fill out that form for 22’s as instructed by first inspector until next inspection when he was written up for not using the form. AFT… Read more »

chocopot

“It’s clear that the administration mistakenly believes that if they reduce the number of gun dealers, they will reduce the number of guns. Unfortunately, the White House is unaware that criminals don’t purchase their firearms from federally licensed gun dealers. They get them the old-fashioned way, by stealing them or buying them on the black market from other criminals.” Wrong. This is all irrelevant to the real goal. I have been posting the following for years: Too many people have a simple and basic misunderstanding about “gun control.” “Gun control” is not now, and has never been, about crime or criminals.… Read more »

Montana454Casull

Let’s go Brandon #FJB , Joe gun crimes were committed by Eric Holder and you and Barrack and Hunter so get to prosecuting jackass !

AZ Lefty

Why do so many think following the law is to difficult and selling firearms to criminals is all good?

Wild Bill

If you mean the GCA, the GCA is a statute that is contrary to the Constitution and, therefore, is not and can not be “law”. Thus the remainder of your argument, and all that it implies, unravels.

swmft

it is the same as law as long as enforcers violate their oaths

Wild Bill

That is where the theoretic and practical deviate. In theory not law and can never be. As a practical matter, the tyrants get their way until theory catches up, usually in the court room, often years later.

swmft

and at great cost

Montana454Casull

Ask Barrack Obama and Eric Holder that question pertaining to “Fast and furious ” clown .

swmft

decrees for thee

J Gibbons

Agency bureaucracy and regulation is not the same as the “law.” Laws are developed by Congress and signed by the President. An executive branch agency can make rules, and many time their rules violate the law or extend well past what Congress authorized. No reputable gun dealer wants to sell guns to a criminal. How can you identify a criminal when the background check system provide incorrect information on a regular basis because other executive branch (both state and federal) fail to report accurate information. The 4473 is a complex form with wording that confuses a lot of buyers. Maybe… Read more »

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Wild Bill

Yes, and any statute passed by Congress, and signed by the Pres, must also be Constitutional.
Those bureaucrat promulgated rules (CFRs) must be within the statute and Constitutional.
You make a lot of good points!!

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swmft

there are supposed to be protections , i know broken record read title 18 in full it is the legal protections for bill of rights ,it has almost never been used for its intent no one that has the power to enforce it will. at some point a change will have to be made to allow citizens to arrest crooks in government and bring them before a provost marshal to be held for trial

swmft

and yes I believe all government workers should be subject to military court

Stag

Why do you think government agents honoring their oath to the Constitution is so difficult and violating people’s rights is all good?

swmft

this is the problem i had ,there was no way to reconcile job with the oath,

Russn8r

Excellent strawman, Comrade!

musicman44mag

They recently ordered the ATF to start revoking Federal Firearm Licenses for even the most minor of paperwork issues.

Oh my God. You are going to revoke a license because someone made an error, accidentally yet on national TV make claims that you are going to use F15’s and nukes on your own people because they disagree with you which is treason and against our own laws?

FJB and ATF for kissing up to this cork sucker.

Wild Bill

Yeah, what have we come to?

swmft

think where the democratic party came from, and all the threats to destroy the nation, they may be trying to make good on those threats

Last edited 1 month ago by swmft