On August 25th, 2022, a Florida man named Nick captured video of several ATF agents visiting his house to collect a “solvent trap”, which is a tool that is used during the cleaning process for firearms.
The reason the ATF was seeking to confiscate this item is because it can potentially be converted to a suppressor.
The agents in this video clearly displayed coercive intimidation tactics toward this private citizen.
He responded to them in the best way possible, utilizing his constitutional rights.
See the encounter below.
The encounter begins with the ATF introducing themselves and inquiring if he still owned the solvent trap that he had purchased from a gun broker.
Upon Nick being asked if he still owned it, he said, “I’m not gonna answer any questions.”
The agent further explains why they are there to recover the item when the gun owner interrupts questioning, “Do you have a warrant?”
This should be the first thing you ask, anytime federal law enforcement is seeking to confiscate your property.
The agents then attempt to get Nick to sign a form affirming that he doesn’t own the solvent trap anymore to which he refuses to sign without a lawyer. Again, bingo.
After informing the man that he will be federally prosecuted if he is caught with the item, the agent states, “you’re obviously going to be on the radar now,” and, “we know what you’re using it for,” insinuating that he was illegally converting it to a suppressor.
This is absurd. The burden of proof is on this federal organization to establish with evidence that he is committing a crime and they have none.
Furthermore, they try to intimidate him by stating he is now on the federal governments “radar”.
Whatever happened to notion of due process and “innocence until proven guilty”.
Nick then patriotically roasts these agents, “You’re the ATF your entire job is to take away the people’s guns. Your job is to erode the Second Amendment.”
Nick then brings up the federal government’s atrocities of Waco, Texas and Ruby Ridge.
In the Waco Siege of 1993, a religious group, the Branch Davidians, was suspected by the ATF of stockpiling illegal weapons in their community.
What ensued was a 51 day standoff that left 76 dead including 25 children.
The Ruby Ridge incident involved the FBI shooting and killing a man’s wife, 14-year-old son, and dog which started over a warrant for not appearing on firearms charges.
The encounter between Nick and the ATF ends with one of the agents saying, “I’m sure we’ll find you again someday.”
The ATF is demonstrating they can track your legal purchases of firearms and firearm related equipment, then decide to go door-to-door to confiscate it.
This should be concerning since democrats are talking of a potential “assault weapons ban” if they win congress this fall.
Their definition of “assault weapons” could very well include any semi-automatic rifle or pistol with capacity of firing multiple rounds.
Now with the major credit card companies flagging your purchases of firearms and ammunition, it will be incredibly easy for the ATF to obtain your information and come to your home to infringe upon your Second Amendment rights.