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    ATF knocks at your door...

    ATF knocks at your door and says that they noticed you have made several firearm purchases in the past week and would like to see your weapons.

    What would you do and what would be your plan of action?


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    I'm very curious to see opinions on this. If they use a battering ram, what options do you have?
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    "Hey ATF, I would like to see a warrant"

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    I'd tell them to get a search warrant.
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    To use a battering ram they would need a warrant according to the 4th amendment of the US Constitution.

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    As a FFL holder I would let them in to inspect my books
    “You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.”

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    No entry unless they have a search warrant. If not, I would politely ask them to get their arses off my property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djroulette View Post
    "Hey ATF, I would like to see a warrant"
    Don't open the door would be my first thought. If you're not breaking any laws, then those "ATF agents" could be fake and trying to rob you. People impersonate law enforcement all the time. Then ask for a warrant while you're on the phone with your local police department.
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    As everyone else has said, unless they have a warrant...get off my property. I'm always more than willing to cooperate with police investigating something in my neighborhood, but the ATF is gonna have to go the distance to get my cooperation.

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    Invite them in, offer them some cookies and milk and call my lawyer while they are standing there to see what my options might be.
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    They need a warrant and since I haven't done anything to "warrant" this local LEO are going to be called.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hodad View Post
    Invite them in, offer them some cookies and milk and call my lawyer while they are standing there to see what my options might be.
    I wouldn't invite them in even if it was during a polar vortex like we had last week. I would be polite but they're not coming in unless they have a warrant.

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    Smile nice and friendly.....

    Ask for ID.....

    Pull out my cell phone and ask them to smile nicely for the camera......

    tell them (nicely of course) to come back with a Warrant.......
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    If they ask politely, I'd probably let them see the guns. There's no harm in their asking.

    If they go all JBT, they can come back with a warrant, and I'll record their actions with the camcorder.


    I'd like to say that I've dealt with the ATF a number of times over the last 30 or so years, and in each and every encounter, they have been polite and professional. That includes when I sent photos of a demilled Vietnam bring-back AK to the Technical Branch, who ruled that it was an "illegal machine gun" even though every moving part had been welded up. In that case, the examiner commiserated with me over the phone, and when I asked what kind of proof they'd need to show that the receiver had been destroyed according to current rules, he said they'd take my word for it.

    While few people like the ATF, their courtesy over time has bought them considerable slack with me.

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    ATF would never knock, they'd just smash your door in and hand you some phony mumbo jumbo and do what they want.
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