Friday, March 30, 2007

The War on Guns points to Red's trouble with B.A.T.F.

Red's Trading Post is having ongoing trouble with the B.A.T.F. As we all know, his is not a new phenomenon in the industry. Another shop near Red's was closed due to the B.A.T.F. This type of activity by those whom are supposed to be SERVING us. Can no longer be tolerated.

We The People instituted our government(s) to "SECURE the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity". We, todays People, ARE that posterity! And those in our government(s) ARE still OUR SERVANTS. And, our SERVANTS have no business subverting our Right. Or, anything that is incidentally necessary to be able to enjoy the unhindered exercise of that specific Right.

On the linked page on Red's website. You will find an Online Petiton. To date, there are 1922 signatures on the petition. Commentary is allowed, as well as anonymity. Let's bury them with signatures....

Special thanks to David Codrea at the War on Guns for bringing this to our attention!

1 comment:

redstradingpost said...

Here is the latest, I appreciate all of your support:

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