ATF seizes 30 toy guns
I usually don’t say much when I post stories that I find on the web. However, occasionally a story comes out,that is so unbelievable that I just can’t contain myself. Here is a story that was brought to my attention last night. I didn’t think much of it until I saw a summarized statement from a Special Agent with the ATF claiming that these airsoft guns could be easily retro-fitted into dangerous weapons.
First of all, this is a pretty vague summary since it doesn’t say “firearm”. The only way I know of to easily retro-fit an airsoft gun into dangerous weapon would be to put a real bayonet on it. However, by this measure we should outlaw broom sticks and duct tape. And secondly, an airsoft gun is just as dangerous as a paintball marker if you do not wear the proper protection.
Don’t get me started on the orange tip! This is one of the dumbest laws I have ever heard of. Since when is an orange tip going to magically convert a gun to a toy? Any device that looks like a firearm should be treated as such and checked regardless of a pretty orange paint job! It ‘s called job security, so do your job Customs!!!
As for the confiscation and destruction of private property, I am truly embarrassed to live in a country that destroys the legal private property of its citizens. It is one thing to refuse entry through Customs, but it is akin to a felony offense to destroy private property. At most the business owner should have been forced to ship the items back to where they came from, and hopefully get a refund! This business violated no laws and yet they are punished for being American citizens just because some kid in a foreign country ran out of orange finger paint. But this is not really about the orange tip is it?
Finally, it is blatantly obvious that Agent Crenshaw has never seen the inside of an airsoft gun much less a machine gun. I would think that he would know something about firearms since that word makes up part of his organizations’ title. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand the difficulties law enforcement is faced with, but uniformed or not there is no excuse for ignorance. – Mark Anderson
Posted on http://www.koinlocal6.com
CORNELIUS, Ore. – A local business owner is flabbergasted after a shipment of 30 toy guns for his store was confiscated by ATF agents in Tacoma.
Brad Martin and his son, Ben, sell the Airsoft BB guns from their store in Cornelius where they’ve been in business for seven years.
The Martins said they buy their stock from Taiwan because the merchandise is less expensive. But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seized a shipment of 30 in October. That shipment is worth around $12,000 and the ATF is promising to destroy the entire shipment.
Special Agent Kelvin Crenshaw said the toys can be easily retro-fitted into dangerous weapons.
“With minimal work it could be converted to a machine gun,” Crenshaw said.
Brad Martin is furious about the loss of money, for sure, but also in what he now thinks as a loss of his time and the use of government agents to seize toy guns.
“All this manpower, all this time, all this taxpayer money, [it is] wasting my time and my profitability,” Martin said. “[Just] to seize 30 toy guns!”
Ben Martin disagrees that the toy guns could ever be considered dangerous.
“To say these are readily convertible to machine guns is absolutely preposterous,” he said. “The round wouldn’t go into the firing chamber and even if the firing pin did strike the primer the gun would basically blow up in your face.”
ATF said it also seized the toys because they are missing the blaze orange tips required on all imported toy guns.
The Martins said they’ve received shipments before from Taiwan that were missing the orange tips and were simply asked by customs agents to drive up to Tacoma and paint the tips orange themselves. They are wondering why it is an issue now.