In a scary sign for the direction of this country, Joe Biden’s highly weaponized ATF and IRS are now sending out agents to conduct what can only be described as “Soviet-style intimidation raids.”
A gun store in Great Falls, Montana fell victim to this when heavily armed agents from both federal agencies burst into the store guns a blazing, demanding to see their record books.
Tom Van Hoose, the owner of Highwood Creek Outfitters, told local media that 20 heavily armed agents swarmed his gun shop on Wednesday morning, confiscated 13 years of 4473 forms, and copied the firearm acquisition and disposition book.
“The fact that they think we make so much money as a gun business that they had to come investigate all the thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of dollars whatever it is we supposedly absconded with, anybody that knows the margins in the gun business knows they’re not that high,” said Van Hoose.
But in confiscating these records, the federal government also gained more information on what types of guns are in circulation and who has them.
He added that he doesn’t know why he specifically was targeted, but fears that it may be part of a nationwide push by Biden’s ATF to ELIMINATE stores who sell the types of weapons he does.
“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.”
Van Hoose said additionally that the IRS is claiming that he had underreported and failed to report millions of dollars of income. The shop owner denied the accusation.
Under Biden we have seen individual instances of federal agencies attempting to intimidate small business owners into complying – but something feels different about this.
The ATF has gone door-to-door looking for guns and the IRS has attempted to scare journalists into keeping their mouths shut (Matt Taibbi’s Twitter files), but now these federal agencies are WORKING TOGETHER.
Their intimidation efforts are becoming more coordinated and more intense as a byproduct.
Congressman Matt Rosendale sent a letter to ATF Director Steven Dettelbach and IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel, asking for answers and calling the raid “outrageous.”
“Under Director Dettelbach’s leadership of the ATF, a pattern of intimidation and harassment against hardworking Americans has emerged – Montanans will not tolerate these political witch hunts. I remind both Director Dettelbach and Commissioner Werfel that Congress has the power of the purse, and I will ensure that funding for these agencies is not weaponized against the American people,” Rosendale said in his letter.
He continued: “I request that the ATF and IRS cease conducting these Soviet-style intimidation raids.”