Friday, March 30, 2007

Online Petition to the B.A.T.F. and Congress...

David Codrea at the War on Guns points to an article concerning Red's Trading Post. Red's is having some problems with the B.A.T.F. and they have pulled his license. And, this is not an isolated instance. Another shop, that was a competitor of Red's was closed down in the area.

On Red's website there is an Online Petition that allows commentary and anonymity. Please take a little time and add your signature. We The People must stop this ongoing perversion and subversion of our inalienable Right! The Right to something entails the means of procuring all things that are incidental to enable one to enjoy the use of it.

The ongoing governmental assaults against our Right must cease. Let's make sure that they understand that those in our government are still OUR SERVANTS! And, NOT our masters.

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At 4:19 PM, Blogger redstradingpost said...

Thank you for your support and here is the latest:
Red's back ... for now; judge finds fault with ATF findings
By Cassidy Friedman
Times-News writer
TWIN FALLS - Try peeling the smile off Ryan Horsley's face.

A federal judge has - for now - given his family their gun shop back.

A federal agency revoked Red's Trading Post's right to buy and trade guns again after finding the gun shop had committed errors in its gun sales.

But U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge ruled Monday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had exaggerated and omitted some of its findings used to justify revoking Red's license.

And Lodge granted Red's March 20 request to stall the ATF's sanctions until he reaches a final decision on whether revoking Red's license was legal.

"It was a great decision," Horsley said. "I am ecstatic. I was just waiting. For nearly two months this has been exhausting."

Horsley, whose gun inventory had dropped from 1,000 to 160 guns, is reopening suspended accounts - both on the distributor side and in advertising. His largest distributor agreed to hold $200,000 of merchandise while the dispute goes to court. Now, Horsley is hoping his sales, which had reached their pinnacle in more than 70 years of business, will spark back up.

Lodge wrote:

• "The ATF speaks of violations found during the inspections of 2000 and 2005, but fails to reveal that additional investigations in 2001 and 2007 revealed no violations or problems."

• Some violations had been counted twice.

• "Granting the preliminary injunction would not place the public's safety in jeopardy."

• Between the hardships Lodge's ruling would cause the ATF and Red's, "the relative hardships tip sharply in favor of Red's."

Lodge's injunction grants Red's full operation status until Lodge makes a final ruling at an unscheduled future hearing.

"I have been getting all these calls from distributors and manufacturers, and everyone else, just congratulating us. You should see my inbox right now," Horsley said. "Getting all our advertising back in place, getting all our orders set, arranging - it's just kind of nuts. It's not over yet."

Cassidy Friedman covers crime and courts. He can be reached at (208)735-3241 or by e-mail at cfriedman@magicvalley.com.

 

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