Two ATF agents and a state trooper recently showed up at the home of a man in Delaware, seemingly without a warrant and in tactical gear, asking to see his legally-purchased guns and log the serial numbers. Their request was caught on tape by a front door camera and posted online anonymously.
A reporter from National File shared the video on social media with the caption, “ATF agents and a #Delaware state cop show up warrantless at a man’s home demanding to see his firearms.”
In the video, an agent allegedly from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said he was there to verify if the homeowner still had two recently purchased firearms.
“All I’m doing is verifying that you have it, you got two different purchases,” the agent said, pointing to a document that presumably shows the purchases. “If you have them, I’m out of here. That’s how quick it is. Yeah. Do you have them with you by any chance?” the agent said.
“They’re in my safe,” the homeowner answered.
“If you can unload them and bring them out, we can go out to your foyer here, check them out, write the serial numbers and we’re out of here,” the agent said.
“It will take five seconds,” added the second agent.
At this point, a third person who appears to be a member of the Delaware state police explained, “the reason we’re out here is obviously gun violence is at an uptick. We want to make sure, we’ve been having a lot of issues with straw purchases. One of the things, indicators we get is someone making a large gun purchase, and then a lot of times, we’ve been there and ‘oh, those guns got taken.’”
“The idea is that when you purchase more than two guns at a time it generates a multiple sales report and it comes to us and we have to check them out. That’s all that is. You did nothing wrong – absolutely zero,” the first agent said before adding, “I noticed you were stopped in Philly though with one of your guns?”
“I just – I didn’t expect –” the homeowner stammered.
“Oh no. It just came up. We came here, look, I’m telling you. There’s an email from the federal side saying can you make sure this guy’s got his guns. If you recently purchased a whole bunch of guns, if we can look at them and just scratch them off,” the agent continued.
“We can look at them and write which ones you just bought, so we can save a trip from coming back. We’ll confirm that you have them,” said the second agent.
When the homeowner went inside to retrieve the guns, the state trooper, who didn’t seem to know they were on camera, observed, “He doesn’t believe we’re cops.”
On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck showed the “stunning” video and he explained what to do if the same thing happens to you.
“Here’s what you need to know, and tell your family this, if the ATF, FBI, anybody steps up and says, ‘we just need to see your guns or we just need to verify that you have these guns,’ say ‘no, show me the warrant.'”
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