What Should You Do When The ATF Comes To Your Door? [Video]


There is a disturbing trend that we’re hearing more and more about under the Biden administration’s ATF where the ATF is going to people’s doors (sort of like vacuum cleaner salesmen but worse) and asking to check the serial numbers on your guns.

As if they don’t know those serial numbers if you legally purchased them.

It sounds like they’re hunting for things to go after legal gun owners for. You can find out about one incident of this happening in Delaware here, and you have to ask, why are they looking? What’s their underlying intent for wanting to “check up” on legal gun owners like this?


Fortunately, you do have options as to how to respond if this situation happens to you, and our friends with Georgia Gun Owners give us five things that you should do (or not do) if the ATF does come knocking on your door. You can learn about them in the video below.

Now, if you didn’t take the time to watch the video, it’s worth the less than 18 minutes to watch all of it so that you can get more context and detail for the five steps. If you’re needing a quick review, though, these are the five steps that Aaron Dorr mentions in the video:

  1. Never respond with anger
  2. Do not give consent (and if you have given consent, withdraw/revoke that consent)
  3. Do not engage in conversation
  4. Call a lawyer
  5. Record everything (and get the recording into the hands of a third party so that your recording can’t be confiscated)

Those are solid suggestions that can save you a ton of headaches if the situation turns into a court case.

Ideally, though, your legal non-cooperation is all that it should take to keep them off of your back and out of your hair.

And, if the current administration cared at all about their oath to uphold the Constitution, they wouldn’t be taking these steps to violate your Fourth Amendment rights, so, we need these people voted out of office as soon as possible.



  1. If you don’t have anything in your car, they’ll kindly supply you with something. This holds true at border crossings as well. When I went to Canada (several times, visiting a friend) they’d pull me over and say, “go in there and fill out paperwork while we search your car.” I’d get out, and lock up the car. “Hey! Open the car!” they’d say. “NO!” I’d respond. Then I’d take a long time filling out a useless form while they fretted. THEN I’d come out, open the trunk, etc., and they could look. Now in my case, I had a lot of literature, and they finally decided, “we haven’t got time to read all this! Go away!” Which I did. With me standing there watching ’em, they couldn’t plant anything.

  2. What seems to be left out is a reply along the lines of “show me your warrent for a specific weapon/serial number”. No warrent, please leave my property now. Please be advised that this conversation has been recorded. (Then send a copy of the recording to multiple unrelated friends.)

    • It’s an important bill, but what does it have to do with searches, unless the authorities can prove probable call exists?

  3. Please address the law enforcement branch known as Game Wardens. In Texas, they can search your property without a warrant, simply because they automatically are granted “probable cause” of you having illegally taken game/endangered animals.

    • It’s an interesting question. I may be wrong, but I don’t believe even in TX they can come INTO your home without probable cause. permission, or a warrant.

    • If they know you’re in your home but don’t answer, they might state they thought you were in distress, and break down the door or a window. It’s better to give them a definitive NO as Mr. Dorr advised.

      In any case, don’t do anything unseemly.


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