Meet the Latest Casualties of Joe Biden’s War on Guns

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Ira Levin has owned and operated Legend Firearms in Monroe, New Jersey since 2009, which is no small feat given the Garden State’s blatant antipathy toward guns, gun owners and gun dealers.

Levin has conducted more than 21,000 firearm transactions and has been inspected dozens of times by both the New Jersey State Police and the ATF. They have never found a deficiency, at least not until Joe Biden declared war on gun dealers.

During a recent inspection, an ATF Industry Operations Investigator, or IOI, found several “deficiencies,” and now Levin’s Federal Firearms License is in jeopardy.

His crimes?

A few customers wrote “USA” on the 4473 because they mistakenly thought the form asked for their country rather than their county. Levin’s staff did not catch the errors.

Also, one of his part-time employees transferred firearms to three customers more than 30 days after they had signed the 4473. The ATF inspector said Levin’s employee should have had the customers fill out another 4473 before they took possession of the guns, because the form expires after 30 days. To be clear, all the customers passed their background checks. None were prohibited persons, and the ATF never seized the firearms from the three customers.

Levin believed ATF would issue a warning or impose a small fine for the paperwork errors, until he received a letter stating that the ATF intended to revoke his license. The revocation letter was signed by John Curtis, an industry operations director at ATF’s New York City Field Office.

Curtis did not return calls seeking his comments for this story.

Levin recently had a preliminary video call with Curtis and other ATF officials, which he hoped could save his license. They told him he could appeal their decision at an administrative hearing. Levin asked who would preside over the hearing and was told it would be Curtis.

“Curtis signed the revocation letter and now he is going to run the hearing. How is that right?” Levin said. “Shouldn’t the person making the decision be objective?”

Levin works in the small gun shop with his daughter Bailey, whom he hoped would one day take over the business. Like most small shops, they’re not getting rich, they’re getting by.

“I am a decorated Air Force veteran and now my government wants to take away my livelihood.” he said. “This is not the country I swore to protect and defend.”

National trend

Joe Biden first announced his zero-tolerance policy in June 2021. Part of his scheme included five criteria, which he claimed defined a rogue dealer: transferring a firearm to a prohibited person, failing to run a required background check, falsifying records, failing to respond to an ATF tracing request or refusing to allow ATF to conduct an inspection.

To be clear, Levin violated none of these rules. However, the ATF is now routinely revoking licenses for even the most minor of errors – errors not on Biden’s five-point list.

As a result, a special report we published in May revealed that FFL revocations increased a staggering 500 percent.

According to a story written Wednesday by an anti-gun activist at the Trace – the propaganda arm of former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun empire, which was republished in USA Today – an ATF spokesman declined to comment on the 500-percent increase in FFL revocations.

Instead, the ATF said the revocation process is lengthy and that “the number of licenses recommended for revocation might often exceed the number of licenses actually revoked.”

The spokesman claimed ATF revoked 92 licenses in 2022, which the Trace said was the highest rate in 16 years.

The same story quoted former ATF agent David Chipman, who was Biden’s first choice to run the agency until the gun-rights community successfully stopped his nomination.

Chipman, a paid anti-gun activist now working for the Center for Gun Violence Solutions at Johns Hopkins University, told the Trace activist he was encouraged by the revocation data.

“The trendline is good,” Chipman is quoted as saying. “I think we have to applaud the agency for holding the industry accountable – for doing its job.”

No due process

Levin is not the only gun dealer to complain about a lack of due process in ATF’s revocation process. Nor is he the only FFL to claim Biden hopes to eliminate guns by eliminating gun dealers.

Said Levin: “The ATF is no longer pursuing criminals. It has become a political arm of the White House. These ATF agents – they’re no longer worried about what’s right and wrong. They’re worried about their jobs. This is all part of Biden’s zero-tolerance policy for gun dealers.”

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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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gregs

these federal agents willfully violate federal laws then have the audacity to revoke licenses for people whom make a mistake.
federal agents are the enemy of the people.
they will get no respect from me, nor cooperation.

Montana454Casull

Joe Biden is way too late , most of us stocked up during the shitshow Clinton administration before the clown Obama and Biden shit show . FJB

Wass

Considering the regulations and restrictions New Jersey (not to mention complying with ATF rules) imposes on gun retailers, it’s amazing they could stay in business. They have to be very dedicated to serving hunters and hobbyists to remain so. But as long as anti-gunners and anti-gun politicians regard guns, not as a neutral tool, but as a disease, we will have our work cut out for us.

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USMC0351Grunt

Makes ya wonder if some goombah doesn’t stop in once a week for that brown envelope?

UncAl

Meanwhile, Joey Baby’s lacky, drug-induced offspring will likely get off scot-free for lying on the BATF firearms form about being a “druggie”! Daddy will make sure ol’ man Garland totes the line!

Coelacanth

Let’s go, Brandon!

Tionico

Go ahead, chumps, close down ALL the FFL’s. You think that will make firearms disappear? Guess again. No more FFL’s the entire trade, which WILL continue, will simplybbe driven underground. Then they WILL have “untraceable guns” because there will be no record of any sales.

Chumps!!!!!

Bill

The ATF “makes” the laws, enforces the “laws”, determines the “guilt” and then renders the “sentence”; blessed be the ATF!
Sure is a shame that congress; regardless of which party controls it, will not take these bureaucrat “rulers” to task! Congress is supposed to make the laws; not bureaucrats!

Big George

VOTE!!

musicman44mag

I wonder if part of the reason they are trying to take his license away is because he would not put in the new electronic computerized equipment that reports the sale directly to ???? Was speaking yesterday in a store that will no longer take the trigger lock out for you test the pull of the trigger. He says that they have been told that too many guns have been stolen so they are no longer allowed to take the trigger lock out until after the sale. I said oh so they are too stupid to figure out how to… Read more »

Choogie

Hey I agree with FJB but we are all looking at the New World Order and those that don’t think so had better Wake Up!

musicman44mag

It’s hard to deny now that uncle joe kamalatoe has said the NWO is coming, and we are not going to stop it.

I was told and I used to think I might be a conspiracy theorist and that I might be full of S**t. I know now I was right and the others are full of it.

musicman44mag

Said Levin: “The ATF is no longer pursuing criminals. It has become a political arm of the White House. These ATF agents – they’re no longer worried about what’s right and wrong. They’re worried about their jobs. This is all part of Biden’s zero-tolerance policy for gun dealers.”

And when the liar and thief in office proclaims it is time to pick them all up, they will say, just doing my job and they will do it because obiden is purging republicans and constitution supporters out. He wants yes men and women especially black ones I bet.

Chuck

One of these days ATF is going to get their arses handed to them in a sling.

Tank

Your either with us or against us.
G W Bush

American Cynic

Biden hopes to eliminate guns by eliminating gun dealers.

All that will accomplish is to drive gun deals underground by forming a black market, and pump up smuggling operations for firearms.

The war on drugs dragged on for decades, and illicit drugs are more deadly and plentiful than ever. I don’t see how the gun trade will be any different.

AZ Lefty

SO he claims all he did was fail to insure the paperwork was filled out as per law and it is the Administrations fault- sure it is

Stag

As per the unconstitutional laws. You sure do love that infringement.

Finnky

3 customers picking up firearms more than 30 days after background check is the most egregious error. Article does not say if it was 31 days or two years. In all likelyhood it was only a day or two past – which seems like an insignificant error to me. The other issues were not catching incorrect county. BFD. These are errors that shouldn’t happen, but this is a business that employs real-live human beings. No matter how you train and supervise, employees working with any degree of independence will occasionally make errors. Over supervised they will get sloppy… They should… Read more »

Wild Bill

Finnky, why are you adding details that are not in the facts? And then making a conclusion.

Rob

Because he’s entitled to come to his own conclusions and post them on social media just like you. Ain’t the constitution great?

musicman44mag

I bet if they bowed to the demands of putting in an electronic system this never would have happened. Maybe they would have given them a break because it was done the old way in the old days.

If you don’t buy in you are buying a ticket out.

USMC0351Grunt

GOOMBAHS!

gregs

doesn’t matter when they picked up the firearm, when they purchased it they were not a prohibited person. maybe they were having some modifications done to it after they purchased it.
how do the lives of people taste when you lick them off these jackboots soles?

Montana454Casull

Your mommy must have let you out of the basement clown . Been a day or 2 since you been on here trolling .

musicman44mag

As per the UNCONSTITUTIONAL law. gun registry didn’t hit hard until Finestine pushed for it in kommiefornia. I bought all kinds of guns in the 70’s and never had a background check because it didn’t exist.

So, when these assholes fill out the report on the FFL to dismiss their license, if they don’t dot a T or cross an I do the get fired? If that is your attitude towards the FFL then your attitude should be the same for the ATF agent. Bet they don’t fire their own for making a mistake like that.

Double standard. USSA
Oregoneistan

Bill

I had that happen to me during an annual inspection, the inspecting agent pointed it out to me and had me correct the discrepancy. (I had entered a date incorrectly). Problem solved. Maybe I was just lucky and was inspected by a normal, thoughtful agent. I’ll bet those are now few and far between, though!

Choogie

You know, most people live and learn. You are the only one on this page with -21 THUMBS Down. Still learning are Ya?

Terry

He’s not capable of learning. Cranial Rectumitis!

Arny

Let’s hope it isn’t your livelihood they come for next.