The federal government and the Biden administration have once again escalated their war on the 2nd amendment.
After a pressure campaign by left-wing, anti-gun activists, many credit card companies began tracking firearm purchases made by their customers this year and last year, drawing significant backlash from gun owners and 2nd Amendment rights advocates.
Now, federal agents raided one Montana gun store and stole the personal information of customers contained on their 4473 forms.
The gun store owner , Tom Van Hoose, says that he has been repeatedly harassed by federal agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the State of Montana, and the Internal Revenue Service.
Van Hoose speculated that federal agents have been targeting him because of the ‘types of weapons’ he sells that have been receiving negative attention in the press, which presumably means semi-automatic rifles such as AR-15’s.
Despite federal agents repeatedly harassing him, he says that he goes to great lengths to comply with federal laws and regulations and even has a good relationship with the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Bureau.
The IRS has been the subject of significant negative scrutiny in the last two years as they seek 87,000 additional agents, many of them armed, leading many people to believe that they will be subjected to punitive tax audits.
I met with Tom Vanhoose this morning after 20 armed IRS agents raided his store in Great Falls earlier this week.
Tom informed me that these agents confiscated all the 4473 forms, none of which contain any financial information; instead, the IRS now has access to these forms… pic.twitter.com/HPFEgZedKI
— Matt Rosendale (@RepRosendale) June 16, 2023
GREAT FALLS — A Great Falls gun shop owner says he was targeted by federal agents Wednesday. In fact, he claims that he’s been in the crosshairs of the government for a couple of years now.
“At 7:30, I came in and they pulled in behind me with 20 heavily armed agents,” said Tom Van Hoose, the owner of Highwood Creek Outfitters.
Van Hoose says for two years his Highwood Creek Outfitters gun shop has been the subject of surveillance by state and federal agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the State of Montana and now the Internal Revenue Service.
Van Hoose says all he was told is that his business had been reported. He doesn’t know by whom, or the reason. He thinks it’s part of a nationwide pattern and feels it’s political.