GOA’s Lawsuit Pushes Back on the ATF’s Targeting of a North Dakota Gun Store for FFL License Revocation Under the Agency’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy
FIRST ON FOX: A Second Amendment advocacy group filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) over the agency’s “zero tolerance” policy to shut down gun stores.
Gun Owners of America (GOA) filed a suit against the ATF on Tuesday over the agency’s rigid inspection guidelines for federal firearms licensees (FFLs) from January 2022 that makes it easier to revoke a gun store’s federal license.
“This zero tolerance policy towards lawful commerce guaranteed by the Second Amendment is just the latest example of this Administration weaponizing federal agencies against their political enemies,” GOA senior vice president Erich Pratt told Fox News Digital.
“It also is just one more compelling piece of evidence to support gun owners’ demands that Congress defund the ATF,” Pratt added.
Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) board member Sam Paredes told Fox News Digital it’s “ridiculous that good people trying to make an honest living are facing this assault on their livelihoods simply over inconsequential paperwork errors.”
“GOF is proud to be lending our support in defense of Bridge City Ordnance and all of those small businesses facing devastating consequences if this Administration’s hostility towards firearms is permitted to go unchecked,” Paredes said.
On Tuesday, the GOA filed the lawsuit Morehouse Enterprises v. ATF (II), following the first lawsuit filed by North Dakota gun store Morehouse Enterprises and backed by the Second Amendment advocacy group over the Biden administration’s frame and receiver rule, also known as the ghost gun rule.
The new lawsuit pushes back on the ATF’s targeting of Morehouse for FFL license revocation under the agency’s “zero tolerance” policy.
The ATF visited Morehouse after their initial lawsuit and found five violations out of 5,000 gun acquisitions or sales, and had never visited the gun store before the initial lawsuit.
The agency is now trying to suspend Morehouse’s gun store license.
The ATF did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on the lawsuit.