When the Unthinkable Happens-Your FFL Gets Raided
Doc Rader 09.06.16
Imagine this. You have finally scrimped and saved and sourced all of the parts for your dream firearm. Some of the parts have been custom milled. You have everything sent to an FFL you found on GunBroker (and who you have used in the past).
Then, the day before you are supposed to go pick up your guns, you get a panic email from your FFL informing you that he had just been raided by the DEA and BATFE, because, get this, his day job is working at a marijuana dispensary.
I got some real bad news for you man.
Tonight I was raided by a joint DEA / ATF task force in connection with my day job at the cannabis dispensary. They actually revoked my FFL and took every fire arm I was in possession of, which included your guns and receivers.
They are currently in federal custody while I await process of my charges, and they may at some future point be returned depending on how my charges go.
I guess at this point to make things right with you I should really reimburse you for your loss on this.
During the raid, EVERYTHING was taken. Including your property. As evidence. Meaning, if you are extremely lucky, you may see them again, albeit after a few years, and tons of time and effort expended. Worst case, they become part of an “asset forfeiture” and you never see them again. Too bad, so sad, bye-bye.
This story turned out positive, in that the guy that got hosed in the deal did eventually get his stuff back (after about 2 years). There had been some fear that the rifles were on the block to be “disposed of” multiple times, but they were returned.
You can read the whole thread and find out how it ended up (the event happened a few years ago, but the post just resurfaced with new activity a few days ago).
The take away from this is that you need to be very diligent about where you send your stuff to. Be extra careful with home-based FFLs. And even then, things can happen–one of the posts on the thread (#49) discusses a problem with a legit SOT getting raided.