Followup on Customs & ATF seizure of airsoft pellet guns
Story here. Customs seized a lot of airsoft rifles, apparently thinking they were machineguns, and then gave them to ATF. PajamasMedia filed a FOIA request for supporting documents ... and got a reply which is utterly incomprehensible.
They had to provide a reply. The law demanded it. There are no punishments specified for making and honest mistake ... so a mistake was made.
Expect more "mistakes", until a federal judge threatens to jail someone over this.
The BATFE can't do their usual thing and manufacture a crime to make the victim shut the f*ck up, since the victim has nothing to do with real weapons. So they will stonewall as long as possible to avoid getting sued.
Posted by: Kristopher at April 27, 2010 10:33 AM
It's pretty obvious they just did a document dump to side-step the FOIA while they figure out how to get out of the mess they're in.
Posted by: sgtlmj at April 27, 2010 10:37 AM
What should have been done from the start was to use some common sense. ATF could have taking control of the toys from customs and thanked customs for keeping their eyes open. Then returned the toys back to customs for processing to clear to be allowed to go to their rightful owner. None of this took place. Again we are seeing a government agency that has lost its way in serving the citizens to become self serving and not upholding the laws of the land as it should be following. Playing games and mocking our laws by a government agency that is trusted to uphold the law is a clear sign that we have deep rooted problems that need to be corrected to get everyone on the same page.
Posted by: AVgJoe at May 1, 2010 09:02 AM