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The Seriousness of the Charge

   

  This gunshop is just a whipstitch down the road from where I roost.  I have only been in there once, many years ago.  I do not have any opinions on the merits of the case, but I offer below some interesting circumstances.  Fred Ludington is charged with selling guns to straw buyers, a convicted felon, and an alien.

* It is the only gun shop within a forty mile radius of where I live.
* It is located in a sleepy little town of a little over a thousand souls in a county with a population of perhaps twenty five thousand.
* It has been a family-owned business for almost forty years.
* The shop itself is not much bigger than a two-seater outhouse.
*  The US Attorney for this district, a protege of former Senator Evan Bayh, endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the 2008 campaign.  He is also former Attorney General of Indiana.

     Here are a couple of quotes from the news report:

“This is not simply a paperwork case,” Bob Browning, special agent in charge with the ATF, said during a Tuesday press conference at the U.S. attorney’s office in Indianapolis. “This is a case of an individual who, in my opinion, was putting guns on the street.”

     

     Again, I do not know the merits of the case, but ….’putting guns on the street’?  What does  that mean?  Fred was laying firearms out there on the curb? 

During the audit, inspectors reported that Ludco had 3,770 guns.

“It’s no surprise he couldn’t keep track of his inventory,” Browning said.

     Well, chortle, chortle  we suppose.   Again, we don’t know much about the case, but this account and several others reverberating around the wires seem to dwell an awful lot on the number of guns in the store.  It sure does seem like a similar argument to the old  “who needs an AK47 to go hunting?” chant.  “Why does old Fred need three thousand guns in his store?”  Heh. Heh.  By the way, Fred’s website touts the fact that he has over three thousand guns.  Like we said, the store is the only one for miles around and has been there for forty years, so it’s not like the operation was camouflaged or anything. Fred has signs up, advertises and I guess has a license.  And call me crazy but, if Fred thought he had a little over over three thousand guns and The Feds upped the tally to 3,770, doesn’t it sound kinda like instead of  ‘putting guns on the street’ old Fred was actually sucking them all up into his little shop? 

     My question would be “Why did it take seventy agents to raid a shop not much bigger than a two-car garage and cuff 61-year-old Fred, who also serves on the town council in the little burg of Parker City?” 

     Oh, and here’s another little gem.  The report quotes the prosecutors as saying that among the charges is that Fred sold a gun to an illegal alien.   An illegal alien.  One.  Excuse me but how many guns did ATF agents place in the hands of how many foreign nationals on our southern border?  And since when did mainstream media and federal authorities from the Obama administration revert back to using the term illegal alien? 

     So anyway, an audit apparently turned up some discrepancies in Fred’s bookkeeping, and rather than trying to reconcile things with Fred, the BATF decided to set up some elaborate stings and summon agents from all over the country in a show of force to descend on a matchbook-sized gun store started by Fred’s dad forty years ago.   And the beat goes on.

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  1. Not at all unlike what they’ve been doing to a firearms dealer in the Milwaukee, WI area.
    I’ve always wondered about the “straw buyer.”
    If I buy a gun and after shooting it I find I don’t care for it and you offer to buy it from me does that make me a “straw buyer?” Is there a time frame required between purchase and resale? Where’s Andy Rooney on this one…
    I would like to see what ID the illegal presented when he purchased the firearm. It seems that, when convenient, the onus is placed on the business to verify not the government to prevent.
    BTW “illegal aliens” buy guns. The term “undocumented immigrants” refers to poor oppressed people comprising a democrat voting block.

  2. I suspect that we will not learn, unless we are sitting in the courtroom when Fred goes to trial, the answers to many of the questions you raise, and maybe not even then. Report is today that Fred has a public defender, so the quality of his defense may be an open question. The ‘3,000 guns’ and the ‘convicted felon’ and the ‘illegal lien’ made it into the headlines all across the nation, and the prosecutors got to hold a big news conference. A follow-up story did reveal this interesting fact – this gunshop – remember it is the only real ‘gun shop’ for miles around – had not been audited for *over fifteen years*.

  3. I don’t trust the current Justice Department in their enforcement of any laws, let alone gun laws. Without knowing all the details, my “Corruption and Bureaucrat Activism” meter is setting off all the alarm bells.

  4. They took the potential means of self-defense away from 3,000 plus people. They will keep the ones they like and destroy the rest. Then there will be no gun shops at all in the local area. When they get the “gun show loophole” closed it will be down to private transactions. Fortunately, there are enough weapons in existence to give the totalitarians pause, but then there are always other schemes, like banning lead shot and lead bullets. And then of course we have the whole ‘entering people’s medical records into the database’ issue. It’s always something.

  1. Not at all unlike what they’ve been doing to a firearms dealer in the Milwaukee, WI area.
    I’ve always wondered about the “straw buyer.”
    If I buy a gun and after shooting it I find I don’t care for it and you offer to buy it from me does that make me a “straw buyer?” Is there a time frame required between purchase and resale? Where’s Andy Rooney on this one…
    I would like to see what ID the illegal presented when he purchased the firearm. It seems that, when convenient, the onus is placed on the business to verify not the government to prevent.
    BTW “illegal aliens” buy guns. The term “undocumented immigrants” refers to poor oppressed people comprising a democrat voting block.

  2. I suspect that we will not learn, unless we are sitting in the courtroom when Fred goes to trial, the answers to many of the questions you raise, and maybe not even then. Report is today that Fred has a public defender, so the quality of his defense may be an open question. The ‘3,000 guns’ and the ‘convicted felon’ and the ‘illegal lien’ made it into the headlines all across the nation, and the prosecutors got to hold a big news conference. A follow-up story did reveal this interesting fact – this gunshop – remember it is the only real ‘gun shop’ for miles around – had not been audited for *over fifteen years*.

  3. I don’t trust the current Justice Department in their enforcement of any laws, let alone gun laws. Without knowing all the details, my “Corruption and Bureaucrat Activism” meter is setting off all the alarm bells.

  4. They took the potential means of self-defense away from 3,000 plus people. They will keep the ones they like and destroy the rest. Then there will be no gun shops at all in the local area. When they get the “gun show loophole” closed it will be down to private transactions. Fortunately, there are enough weapons in existence to give the totalitarians pause, but then there are always other schemes, like banning lead shot and lead bullets. And then of course we have the whole ‘entering people’s medical records into the database’ issue. It’s always something.

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