RED OAK, Iowa – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) last week expressed concern in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland over the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) “knock and talk” investigative practices.
Last year, after announcing the agency’s intention to crack down on straw purchases, reports and videos surfaced of ATF agents knocking on the doors of private residences – many where law-abiding gun owners live – and asking them to display a recently purchased firearm.
Click HERE or on the image above to read more from Fox Digital.
Fox News Digital reported on Senator Ernst’s concerns about the troubling nature in which ATF goes after law-abiding gunowners homes: Ernst says ATF agents often arrive at the house in full gear, wearing bulletproof vests and do not inform residents at the homes that producing the firearm was optional. "The combination of these factors calls into question whether the ATF’s actions are meant to harass or coerce firearm purchasers into, at best, legally questionable ‘investigations," she stated.
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In their reporting of Ernst’s letter, Epoch Times focused on the lack of warrants provided by the ATF: Because of the lack of a warrant, bulletproof vests, and other factors, Ernst argued to Garland that it “calls into question whether the ATF’s actions are meant to harass or coerce firearm purchasers into, at best, legally questionable ‘investigations.’”
Click HERE or the image above to listen to WHO Radio’s coverage.
WHO- Radio in Des Moines covered Senator Ernst’s letter: What the ATF has decided to do is start knocking on the doors of a legal gun owners and talking to them about what gun they have and who's got their gun. Of course what Senator Ernst is saying is “Okay normally only to do this kind of stuff you have to have some probable cause to be doing this…” That's a civil rights concern. That is a concern of your federal government way too intrusive into the lives of law-abiding gun owners.