ATF Is Forced to Back Down From Retaliatory License Revocation of North Dakota Gun Shop

On September 15, 2023 Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) announced in a press statement that the ATF has backed down from trying to take away the FFL license of Morehouse Enterprises — a gun store located in Valley City, North Dakota.

On a prior occasion , GOA and GOF filed a lawsuit in defense of the gun store, which conducts business as Bridge City Ordnance. The company was potentially facing the prospect of losing its license owing to minor paperwork errors, which, under the new Biden “Zero Tolerance” policy, was sufficient grounds for revoking the license

Beforehand, the ATF had a policy that required it to issue warnings and take corrective actions for first-time errors. However, it could only pursue license revocation proceedings if no improvement was demonstrated.

It was abundantly clear that the ATF carried out the “random” inspection of Bridge City Ordnance following the company’s decision to join GOA and GOF in a different lawsuit taking on the ATF’s Ghost Gun Frame and Receiver Rule in the summer of 2022.

Litigation is still going on in both cases.

Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, published the following statement:

The ATF kicked a hornet’s nest when they thought they could send a message to gun dealers who dared to challenge their illegal actions in court. In response, GOA and GOF stepped in, and we made clear they were about to engage in a losing battle. We are thrilled for Bridge City Ordnance and hope this encourages ATF to revisit their ‘zero tolerance’ policy.

The ATF has been clearly acting in a tyrannical manner since Joe Biden was installed as president. The Biden regime knows very well that it can’t pass gun control legislation through conventional legislative means so it’s turning to the unaccountable permanent bureaucracy to impose its agenda on the general populace.

Such behavior would make the Founding Fathers roll over in their graves. Thankfully, gun owners scored a win in this case. However, as long as the ATF exists, gun rights will continue to be under attack.

Hence, the need to abolish this abominable institution.

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