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UPDATE ON B.A.T.F.E. INCIDENT August 24, 2005 6:36 PM

This from the Virginia Citizens Defense League:

"NRA's Cam Edwards show interviewed the reporter from that broke the story.  I learned some new information from his interview, which I expect to be in a follow up article he is working on.  There were two people that chased down (one with VCDL's help) who had the police come to their house while awaiting a background check.  Both were so intimidated, that they did not want to be identified in any way.

You can view the show tonight by clicking on the link below.  The
coverage is at the tail end of the show, just fast forward to the
last half hour or so:


WRVA (, 1140 AM in Richmond reported that the BATFE has acknowledged the "residency checks" and has stated that there will be no more of them."

Looks like the B.A.T.F.E. has taken the heat and canceled their Gestapo patroll. It also goes to mention that despite there being more than 50 agents at the show, that lasted for two days, with 2,300 attending, there was not ONE sinlge arrest.

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 August 29, 2005 8:14 PM

One of VCDL's members did a Freedom of Information Act request to the Virginia State Police on the BATFE 'residency check' scheme that was being run on purchasers at the last Richmond gun show. The resulting document, which gives important insight into the
scheme, is now on the VCDL site for everyone to see. I encourage everyone to read it.

The first three pages talk about the last gun show. The fourth page was created sometime before March of this year.

Notice on page four that 'residency checks' have been going on for at least a year! It is likely that many people either didn't know who to notify or, more likely, were too intimidated.

Page three discusses the language one BATFE agent had on his t-shirt. That language wasn't necessary for a **police officer** to wear at a gun show, which is really a family event. After complaints about the t-shirt, the officer was forced to turn the shirt inside out.

Also it is noted on the third page that "Twenty-one individuals were
deterred from making purchases due to questioning by Task Force
members."  It doesn't say that those were all criminals buying guns.
It is very likely that it spooked off mostly legitimate gun purchasers who didn't want to purchase a gun in an oppressive environment where the police were hanging around and appeared to be chomping at the bit to bust someone.

Finally, it is noted on page three that the BATFE is only suspending
the 'residency check' scheme, not terminating it.  Thus, it could
rear its ugly head in a more covert manner in the future. Keep your eyes open! 

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 June 10, 2006 7:19 AM

Thats something else, I have been to gun shows and seen people running down others and giving them the thrid degree as they tried to buy a gun. And BATFE is a little off their rockers to bust law abiding people who own guns. Seems it is getting alot worse as time goes on. Thanks for posting this and getting the info out to others.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
anonymous  January 23, 2007 11:59 PM

did any one catch any of the  films of the gun confiscation that became inposed in new orleans?

I beleive the nra  has film fottage on its web site.

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