ATF Shuts Down Veteran Family’s Solvent Trap Business Right Under Trump’s Nose!

ATF Shuts Down Veteran Family’s Solvent Trap Business Right Under Trump’s Nose!

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Do you know the real problem in America, and why having a new president doesn’t help you much?

Unelected Officials.

This is the shadow government — referred to as the Deep State — comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes and running our government right now.

I’ll explain further and you’ll see how they’re ruining one Veteran’s business (and life) right under Trump’s nose:

What Is The Deep State And How Are They Running Our Country?

These are the unelected officials that actually run almost ALL of the different government organizations that can make your life hell.

Former congressional staffer Mike Lofgren has written extensively about this, saying:

It is a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department. I also include the Department of the Treasury because of its jurisdiction over financial flows, its enforcement of international sanctions and its organic symbiosis with Wall Street.

All these agencies are coordinated by the Executive Office of the President via the National Security Council. Certain key areas of the judiciary belong to the Deep State, such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, whose actions are mysterious even to most members of Congress. Also included are a handful of vital federal trial courts, such as the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of Manhattan, where sensitive proceedings in national security cases are conducted.

The final government component (and possibly last in precedence among the formal branches of government established by the Constitution) is a kind of rump Congress consisting of the congressional leadership and some (but not all) of the members of the defense and intelligence committees. The rest of Congress, normally so fractious and partisan, is mostly only intermittently aware of the Deep State and when required usually submits to a few well-chosen words from the State’s emissaries.”

The worse part, and my main point, is these are unelected officials within these organizations … they are NOT elected by the people … that means … that they have absolutely no responsibility to the people.

You can’t vote them into or out of office.

You can’t bombard their office with letters/phone calls about how you’re displeased with their service (well, you theoretically could, if you could find out who was actually in charge).

And yet, they have the power to interpret laws — using their own opinions — and those opinions have the power of law.

So when they interpret laws how they see fit, they have the POWER of law, without ever having Congress pass a law.

And they make the VAST majority of the decisions. This Forbes article (from 2011) notes (emphasis mine):

Congress has exceeded its constitutional authority in delegating such power to unaccountable agencies. Sadly, this is not limited just to these recent laws, but rather it is business as usual in Washington, D.C.

Today there are more than 300 independent and regulatory agencies that publish more than 75,000 pages of new and proposed rules in the Federal Register every year. At the beginning of each calendar quarter, the executive orders, rules and regulations in the Federal Register that become final law are included in the Code of Federal Regulations. The current edition of the Code of Federal Regulations is more than 200 volumes in length. By comparison, the entire U.S. Code, which contains all the laws passed by Congress and signed by the president, is roughly 35 volumes.”

Get it?

This article, printed in 2011 no less, makes it clear: 200 volumes of rules/regulations by unaccountable officials that actually govern your life VS only 35 volumes of laws actually passed by Congress and signed by the President.

That’s how stuff like this happens …

ATF Shuts Down Veteran’s Solvent Trap Line

SD Tactical Arms of Prescott, Arizona sells firearms stuff. It appears that they sold both regular NFA-regulated silencers of their own manufacture and also a line of “solvent traps”.

As of today the ATF shut down our business of selling solvent traps,” A Facebook post by SD says.

The continue, “This is 99% of our income. They have put 3 Veterans, my wife and son out of work. They said I can’t sell freeze plugs. NAPA can’t even sell them to us because they are a suppressor part. They said all I can sell is complete suppressors.

SD is appealing and hoping the new president will help, using the hashtag #Americandreamlost on Social Media he says:

My plea for help is to make this Viral to the Trump admin, the Trump family and such. I have been put in the street over mindless opinions. I had talked to the ATF in the past and they had no issues. Today they shut us down,” reads the post.

SD Tactical noted the ATF did not get a copy of their customer list.

They also noted that if the new silencer act in Congress doesn’t pass, then they will have to go out of business (because the Solvent Traps were such a big source of revenue).

Again, this is the problem with unelected officials like the ones who run the ATF who are given the power to decide how to interpret laws.

They can change their minds on a whim and their “opinions” have the force of law!

And you can’t vote these guys out because they work for the organization not the people.

(That’s why regime changes in Washington rarely amount to much real change in your day-to-day life and level of freedom.)

How The ATF Could Throw You In Jail For Owning a Gun and a Water Bottle

From what I gather, SD posted what appears to be the text of a letter from the ATF’s Firearms Industry programs Branch (FIPB) which first said:

The stated intent of a solvent trap is to catch and trap gun cleaning solvent during bore cleaning operations commonly performed on firearms. Solvent traps do attach to the muzzle of a firearm but do not have any design features intended to allow a bullet to pass through them. Since as originally manufactured they are not intended to silence, muffle or diminish the report of a portable firearm they are not silencers..

It also said this:

However, if the solvent trapped (sic) was redesigned or utilized to assemble a device for silencing, muffling or diminishing the report of a portable firearm or if intent was demonstrated to use the device for silencing, muffling or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, the solvent trap would be classified as a “firearm silencer.”

So by using this logic, and shutting down this man’s business, basically ANYTHING that could be “redesigned” into a silencing device would be grounds for violating the NFA laws against silencers.

Think about that logic.

So that means if you have a gun and a water bottle sitting in your home, the ATF could potentially bust you using the same type of logic because “while the stated intent” of a water bottle is not to be a silencer and “as originally manufactured they are not intended to silence, muffle or diminish the report of a portable firearm they are not silencers …”

But remember! The ATF says “However, if the water bottle (sic) was redesigned or utilized to assemble a device for silencing, muffling or diminishing the report of a portable firearm or if intent was demonstrated to use the device for silencing, muffling or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, the water bottle would be classified as a “firearm silencer.”

Of course, a quick visit to Youtube reveals how to “redesign or utilize” a water bottle to assemble a silencer:

You’ll note that nothing about the SD Tactical shut down said they had ACTUALLY turned these solvent traps into silencers.

The entire shutdown appears to be because people could potentially turn them into silencers.

That’s crazy.

But this is the America we’re living in and why — even though I personally LIKE Trump and think he’s awesome — I don’t think much will change under his administration because practically our entire country/government is actually ran by the unelected “shadow government” or “Deep State” that is responsible to no one but themselves.

Caleb
Caleb Lee is the #1 best-selling author of "Concealed Carry 101" and founder of PreparedGunOwners.com. He is a civilian (no law enforcement or military experience) who shares information about self-defense and becoming more self-reliant. He's a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo, NRA Certified Basic Pistol & Personal Protection Inside The Home Instructor, Concealed Carry Academy Instructor certified & also a graduate of the Rangermaster firearms instructor course. He's also the author of numerous online courses including the UndergroundAssaultRifle.com course.

30 COMMENTS

  1. The regulators have run amuck under the America hating, communist, dog eating, bath housing, community agitating, Trojan Horse Muslim usurper. Bush 1 and 2 did plenty of damage in this regard as well. Can President Trump bulldoze all this crap and set things right? maybe but he has his work cut out for him. We must bury globalism and liberalism deep and park the bulldozer on it..

  2. Time to eliminate the ATF. Theoretically most of the common stuff we have in our houses could get us arrested, if the ass holes at the ATF decide to come into your house and check for things like pieces of pipe, threaded bolts, anything that could be construed to be used as part of a weapon. I guess that they won’t be happy until we start taking them out. I am waiting for them to ban ice picks, as the right ones will pierce a Kevlar vest.

    • I think there’s a new serious consideration by a Rep, name/state escapes me at the moment, to propose a b Bill to dismantle the feckless, wasteful, redundant ATF and let a couple of the other useless agencies earn their outrageous salaries by absorbing what little value production the ATF had, if any. We all should fire it up should support this effort with full blast Patriot endeavor. Maybe we’ll start an avalanche of gun law repeals?!

  3. The petty bureaucrats have been overstepping their authority for many, many years. In the case of ATF, Trump could fix that problem quickly, by just completely defunding it. Of course Homeland Security (Homeland Suppression is more accurate) would probably try to move over the old ATF functions and bureaucrats to another of its unaccountable agencies or bureaus. Homeland Security, born as a knee-jerk reaction to 9/11, has far too broad oversight of everything. No one, including the DoD, can do anything without getting their approval, signifying that they have far too much power for one department. We have the FBI investigating overseas activities, the CIA involved in domestic affairs, Homeland Security poking their noses into everything foreign and domestic, and finally the NSA spying on us all. And liberals say we don’t need the Second Amendment? It seems to me that we need it more than ever.
    Donald Trump has proposed a new policy, where for every new regulation two must be gotten rid of. That is a very sound and sane idea, although properly it should be 1 for five instead of two. If he can only make it stick, eventually, in about 40 years or so, we might actually get down to a reasonable number of regulations that are actually authorized by, and supportive of, black-letter law.

  4. That’s why we have to get rid of the UN ! These are unelected officials not responsible to Congress or our people but answerable to agenda 21 ,and they all have to go ! Their votless regulations cauest the tax payer billions every year for nothing in return !

  5. If they can arrest something they COULD DO we gonna have more prisoners than producing members of society. Every driver COULD be a hit and run perpetrator. Every Policeman, Soldier, Gun Owner Could be a Mass Murderer. Every Pilot COULD BE a TERRORIST BUILDING BOMBER. Any Male Could Be A Rapist. Any Government Enforcement Person COULD BE A DUMB SHIT-HEAD that needs said excrement FLUSHED.

  6. A group of people in this country now that’s growing by the numbers that are going after the ATF for their physical assaults on American people and their mothers of American people even under Obama and Clinton, and they’re going to ask Mr. Trump should just ban the ATF is there nothing but I hit squad for the Marxist Eliets!

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  9. Don’t forget to hide your potato guns we had fun with as kids. Because now they are considered homemade mortars, etc… The ATF should have been completely dissolved after Waco and Ruby Ridge. Anytime you have a “law enforcement” agency that can operate in the fashion that the ATF does, outside of legally court challenging pervue, means that the people’s rights have no guarantee of redress except by the nation’s highest judicial court (if you’re lucky). Even then when the burden of proof of guilt instead of innocent until proven guilty, falls to the prosecutorial party as definitive with you having to prove your intent or innocence makes it more than a banana republic style court but an extension of tyranny. The original intent of the ATF was to REGULATE the flow in and out of the U.S. of ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS and to insure that weapons that fire ammunition at a constant rate of fire of multiple rounds per second (without mods) don’t get into those hands to prevent individuals from reverting to the days when the Tommy Gun ruled the streets. How ironic is it that those in power get to run guns in and out of the country ( Eric Holder, Obama, congressman Li of Kalifornia and others) without the same punishment that the everyday citizenry are subject to. These are the things that I feel President Trump does need to be apprised of if not by his advisors then by us. The left has set this in motion ( along with so many other “agencies”)long ago when the realized that their gun control bills and such wouldn’t last or go through the House or Congress. If the agency isn’t out there for public scrutiny along with those in charge then it probably shouldn’t be in any position to write laws or enforce a hallway pass. Sorry so long winded….

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