Montana AG Sounds Alarm Regarding Armed IRS Agents Rounding Up Gun Purchase Records

 June 18, 2023

On Saturday morning, Austin Knudsen, Montana Attorney General reported in an interview with Breitbart News, that armed IRS agents seized dozens of boxes of ATF form 4473s, the background check form containing information on gun purchasers, when they rolled into Great Falls’ Highwood Creek Outfitters, this past Wednesday.

Perfectly suited for use in a registry or registry database, the ATF form 4473’s that agents seized, contain a gun purchaser’s name, address, birthdate, state/city of birth, gender, social security number, and the serial number of any guns purchased in the store. According to a report by KRTV, the agents hit the store prior to regular business hours, staying most of the business day.

Tom Van Hoose, the store owner stated that –

“At 7:30, I came in and they pulled in behind me with 20 heavily armed agents.”

-Tom Van Hoose, Owner, Great Falls’ Highwood Creek Outfitters

He claimed he lost virtually an entire business day, because by the time the agents had completed their search for the records, they barely left him 30 minutes of time to do business. Van Hoose believes his store was targeted because he sells guns the White House opposes. He believes the raid was politically motivated, saying-

“I can only assume that it’s because of the style of weapons that we have and the press that’s so against them. The current administration seems to be hell-bent on getting those guns out of the hands of average Americans.”

-Tom Van Hoose, Owner, Great Falls’ Highwood Creek Outfitters

According to the outlet, AG Knudsen, commented on the gravity of federal agents taking this type of information from the business. He said-

“I spoke with the shop owner who told me that 20 heavily armed IRS agents from multiple states in our region served a warrant before his business opened. They took dozens of boxes full of 4473s — more than a decade’s worth. This is extremely concerning because it seemingly exceeds the search warrant which limited the scope of the search to financial records…”

“These aren’t financial records, they’re records of lawful firearm purchases. What the hell does the IRS need with 4473s? We know the ATF in Washington, DC is trying to scoop up as many of these purchase records as possible, and that’s what it looks like they’re trying to do here.” Adding….. “There’s a clear and disturbing pattern developing of the Biden administration sending federal agents to harass American gun owners, shops, and manufacturers.”

-Austin Knudsen, Montana Attorney General

Further, Knudsen went on to discuss that this harassment is happening while Biden is pushing to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), thereby opening up gun makers to lawsuits over the illegal use of firearms. He went on to say-

“Biden wants to repeal PLCAA so they can shut down gun companies and coerce states to implement ‘red flag’ laws so firearms can be seized without due process. Now, they’re sending federal agents door-to-door in my state to intimidate people. There’s no question about it, this is the most anti-gun administration in the nation’s history.”

-Austin Knudsen, Montana Attorney General

It would seem that this administration, who has not been able to subvert the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, (2A), is seeking to find ways to litigate against legitimate business in the sales of firearms. This could happen if Biden has his way. The federal government, currently has no such sales registry at present. It appears they are compiling their own. This tracking is a significant violation of this Nations’ citizens’ right to privacy as well as infringes on the 2A.

Further, seizures of records at gun point, seems to be the calling card of government agencies under the Biden Administration. Shockingly, the use of federal agencies against law abiding citizens is slowing creeping into the forefront of this nations history. Stay vigilant America – this nation’s citizens will likely be next.

This is yet another degree of heat added to the burner of this nations exposure to the Biden administration. The progressive left is slowly trying to desensitize the American population into the lull of state promoted freedom, so it can

“help” the citizenry see how much more-safe it will be under yet more regulation. As previously stated this administration is attempting to change the face of this nation to a communist regime – given enough time.

Again, remember the story of the frog that was cooked slowly in water that was heated little by little? America is currently on the Biden administrations’ burner - on low heat -  that is being raised one degree at a time. What seems increasingly uncomfortable now, little by little - will be deadly tomorrow.

As has been previously said, it’s time to get out of the pan folks, or the America of our founding fathers together with the freedoms America holds dear, won’t survive.

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