Today, Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) filed a federal lawsuit. They lodged it in the District of North Dakota against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). The lawsuit contests the ATF’s “Zero Tolerance” policy for Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs).
This policy, enacted by the Biden Administration, demands strict recordkeeping. Any errors can trigger immediate license revocation. This policy contrasts with previous practices, which prioritized warnings and corrective measures.
Morehouse Enterprises joined the lawsuit. Doing business as Bridge City Ordnance, they face the potential loss of their FFL. They’ve incurred five minor recordkeeping infractions, none involving illegal firearms distribution.
Interestingly, ATF inspected Bridge City Ordnance after it joined another GOA and GOF lawsuit. That ongoing case challenges the ATF’s Ghost Gun Frame and Receiver Rule.
Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, issued a statement. He called out the administration for its politicization of federal agencies.
“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. It also is just one more compelling piece of evidence to support gun owners’ demands that Congress defund the ATF,” he said.
Sam Paredes, a GOF Board representative, also expressed concern. He spoke out about the hardship businesses face due to minor clerical errors.
“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 stated.
Fox News first covered this case. More information can be found there. As always, stay tuned for updates.