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Posted on 05/22/2004 11:31:33 PM PDT by SteveH
ATF Agents Arrest 14 in Multistate Operation(Gestapo Alert!)
May 21, 2004
ATF Agents Arrest 14 in Multistate Operation
Friday May 21, 5:17 pm ET
RENO, Nev., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- John A. Torres, Special Agent In Charge of the San Francisco Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced today that ATF agents in California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah and Washington State participated in the arrests of 14 people after a federal grand jury returned indictments charging them with federal firearms violations. All of the defendants were charged with dealing firearms without a license, illegal sales of firearms, possession of unregistered firearms, and possession of firearms by prohibited persons. One of those arrested, Laquan J. Abdulrahim of East Palo Alto, Calif., was also charged with possession of body armor by a violent felon, the first time a defendant in Nevada has been charged with this federal violation. This charge alone carries a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison.
Dubbed "Operation Over The Line," the year-long investigation into the illegal purchasing and trafficking of firearms ultimately led agents to individuals in three other states. During the course of the investigation, more than 400 firearms were seized with dozens more to be retrieved in the near future. ATF undercover agents purchased approximately 30-40 firearms from various individuals, including some that were illegal. The agents purchased firearms from federally licensed firearms dealers (FFLs) as well as unlicensed dealers.
"Although some of these transactions took place at various gunshows in Nevada, a minority group of people chose to use gunshows as a conduit to conduct their illegal activities," Torres said. "The gun shows were not the target of our investigation."
In addition to the arrest warrants, agents served a federal search warrant at the residence and business of Larry B. Reimer, of Pahrump, Nev. Reimer was arrested pursuant to the grand jury indictments. Reimer, a licensed firearms dealer, was charged with the illegal transfer of a semiautomatic weapon and the illegal sale of a firearm. These charges carry a maximum penalty of five years each in federal prison.
Among the items recovered at another search warrant location in Nevada were a number of firearms, including machine guns, as well as explosive materials.
Torres praised the Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff's Department, the Nevada Highway Patrol, California Highway Patrol, the West Sacramento Police Department and the California Department of Justice for assisting ATF in this investigation.
"ATF will continue to reduce illicit firearms trafficking by investigating individuals who provide firearms to prohibited persons, who deal without a license, and who sell firearms illegally. Working with our state and local partners toward this endeavor will keep firearms out of the hands of criminals," Torres said.
More information on ATF is available at www.atf.gov .
Contacts: Nina S. Delgadillo, PIO, ATF Pager: 888-533-8597 Tom Cannon, Resident Agent In Charge Office Phone: 775-784-5251
Source: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
Some career choices are better than others.
"Please don't compare US law enforcement agencies to the murderous Gestapo who rounded up innocents for mass murder as a matter of policy."
What you may not realize is that some states can't keep murders or rapists in prison, b/c the system is so messed up that they keep getting off and going back on the streets and committing crimes, therefore, the fed gov't steps in and charges that same three time convicted felon (violent/drug related convictions)with possession of a firearm by a felon and he is facing 15 years minimum. So it really does make a difference.
Yeah let's see your horror when that semi-auto is illegally transferred to a felon that kills or rapes one of your relatives!
You have no clue what you are talking about. Most of ATF's investigations focus on violent criminals, NOT law abiding citizens and innocent gun dealers. You need to get a CLUE!!!
Too bad. Are we suppossed to feel bad for them b/c they can't have a gun?
Do you know how difficult it would be to make the law subjective for every felon's situation. "Well this one's felony wasn't that violent and this one hasn't had a felony in 5 years." It would never work. You abuse it you lose it.
Save the histrionics for wherever you came from bootlicker.
Your stay here will be short....thankfully.
Meanwhile, another ten thousand criminal invaders just strolled right past them, unmolested.
Hmmm....let me think about it....
Nice pic but "Kleider machen Leute" doesn't cut it. Referencing die Geheime Staatspolizei is comparable to Kerry attaching a "baby killers" label to our vets.
I will answer both of your questions, with this one. We should not feel bad, but mad. If your wife has a miscarriage and then is commited due to depression, should she lose the God given, Constitutionally affirmed right to own/use a firearm after she has been helped out? In such a case, you would also have to get rid of your guns, due to the fact that she would be near the guns.
How about those that get charged with something like a "high court misdemeanor", that is actually a felony? They are non violent crimes like attempted theft from a building, etc.
The laws could be written that if there was no gun involved and there was no violence, you keep your rights. Now that was not that hard was it? Also, if they want to say that illegals that have been here for x number of years without incident should get citizenship, then the same should go for felons & those that had been commited.
You seem to be of the mindset that it does not affect me, so it is ok. That is same mindset that some have about "assault weapons", they aren't needed for hunting or I don't own them so it is ok. There are those that say that everyone should have all rights, even felons and the formerly commited, unless they are currently in jail/prison/asylum/probation/parole. I lean more towards all but those that have commited crimes with guns or were violent and those that are mentally a danger to the public (in which case they have no business being out of the hospital).
AMEN? What no tirade that all felons should not have body armor?
What is your problem, newbie? You better learn some manners or you won't last long here.
Really, how would you know that? So the ATF investigates criminals that are violent, even if they don't use a Firearm? Seems you have not looked at the number of abuses that the ATF had done, you should check out http://www.atfabuse.com/ for the facts.
or Congress could simply fund the ATF review....it worked fine for 26 years and is still in place.
or we could abolish the 68 GCA...my personal favorite
or we could allow personal judicial waiver from sitting Federal judges as we did until about a year ago.
many southern and mountain states already grant waivers as a matter of course but the Federal Statutes top that.
or maybe like the bootlickers would like....we can continue down this merry road where perhaps one in seven adult males are technically disenfranchised over gunrights and we can ratchet it up further....next, it will be losing gun rights over tax penalties, unpaid parking tickets, etc......don't laugh....there are already a number of misdemeanors on the books that do just that.
why outlaw guns when you can slowly outlaw gunowners?....then only hall monitor bootlickers like some newbies around here can have guns....to fire off at their Waco Appreciation Day gatherings.
Geez, ya'll sound like Libertarians. You complain the law is being enforced. CHANGE THE LAW!
I've noticed that those who discuss other posters behind their back without pinging them are invariably cowards and do not hold the courage of their convictions.
I would not slime our vets by comparing them to the "heroes" of Waco and Ruby Ridge etc.
Yep, anything that will get you 1 year of time behind bars (even if you don't spend 1 minute there) will take them away. All they need to do is extend the time behind bars to 1 yr + on anything and your out of luck son. But then some don't care because "it doesn't affect me".
I agree with getting rid of GCA68 & funding the ATF review.
In order to get support to change the law, you need to create the needed outrage. If you don't complain and don't have enough people complaining, there will be no need to change it. Like the AWB, enough people complained that the law expired. Had we not complained in the first place how would they have known that we didn't want it?
Oh.... never mind. You agree with all this crap from the government anyways.
actually....the question on ATF review is not law but funding...a hair trickier.
We did fine for nearly 200 years with hardly any "gun laws" federally.
Stop making excuses for the F Troop goons. Waco was but ONE thing they have done. I'd rather deal with the Gestapo than the ATF any day of the week.
The Gestapo didn't start out as an organisation by tossing people in to ovens. First, they were the secret police rounding up "bad guys" as defined by the Reich. Including their gun ban. Sounds familiar no?
Ruby Ridge was under Pres. Bush, the First - not Clinton.
What do you mean "unregistered" weapons ?
Do you have a reference to the law --( Title and section ) ?
The ATF is just pissed because they no longer can harass gun owners about cosmetic features.
I think these are state laws. I know New York has one.
"If you are a violent felon ( one of the bad guys) you may not own body armor...doesn't matter where you live. "
Maybe it's just me...
Ten to 15 million criminal invaders over running our country, and look where the fedgov puts their most powerful microscopes and all of their energy.
It doesn't. You can live on Maple Street, or Court Drive, or even at the corner of Juniper Boulevard. You STILL cannot be a violent felon in New York and own body armor.
"Yes Waco was a mass murder of civilians, but done due to poor leadership"
You are correct, it was poor leadership, but the footsoldiers happily followed the orders of their leadership didn't they?
The more they arrest, the more funding and promotions.
That is juice of law enforcement.
Did FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi, who killed Vickie Weaver, at Ruby Ridge, with an un-Constitutional shot from ambush, get punished ?
I'm willing to bet that New York doesn't even allow violent, non-felon, citizens to own body armor --on those same streets.
If the ATF is making the charge, it's a federal offense, right?
What are you talking about! You got the wrong person as I did not post that which you replied!
" It seems you have failed to remember Waco and Ruby Ridge where Clinton trying to appease his tree hugging friends clearly went over the line! People have the right to bear arms but not have banned or unregistered weapons.. As for passing judgement because of a name! We earned that right 9/11/01. These people were clearly not upstanding people or we would not even be discussing this. Janet Reno violated more civil rights than anyone in recent history yet you fail to mention this."
" 19 posted on 05/23/2004 3:20:00 AM PDT by GLSchnJR (Justice was Served) "
If a future Hillary presidency enacted a total ban on firearms, would you turn yours in?
"I guess now that the border problem is all fixed ..."
illegal immigrants, illegal weaons transfer...
What part of illegal don't you understand ?
I was being sarcastic (months ago when I wrote that). I fully understand what "illegal" means.
Yours may be the most ignorant post I have ever read on this site and there have been some real winners.
Your position that you would rather deal with murderers governed by no law and answerable only to themselves with a standing policy to exterminate certain races and political enemies rather than a US law enforcement agency is defensible only to an utter moron such as yourself. If you thought for one second about how stupid your comment was you would be embarrassed and ashamed.
I'll take dealing with a US law enforcement agency and you can deal with the Nazi's. We'll see who ends up in a concentration camp or dead and who will end up in a US court of law with legal representation.
We only understood after the fact that the ATF leadership was a bunch of idiots who ended up killing by their orders lots off innocent people. You can't blame the footsoldier in this situation just as you can't blame the footsoldier for following what he thought was a lawful order in any combat situation.