The BATF called me today. I know it was them because I called the number back to verify it. 1-800-788-7133 or their local number, 1-304-262-0239.
The person who called is a clerk named Annette Caudon (extension 01553) who works in a West Virginia BATF office, apparently unsupervised. I have never been to West Virginia. She called to ask if I had a Federal Firearms License in California in the 1990s. Yep, I did. Until the early 1990s. She had a copy of a license I don’t remember which expired in 1997.
“Under the name of a jewelry business in Big Bear California? ”
Not to my recollection – I never owned a jewelry store. But that was almost twenty years ago in any case and any license in my name became invalid automatically when I moved out of the state in 1996. Of the Federal licenses I have held over the years, no allegation impropriety was ever made during the life of any of those licenses. Or since.
“Well, yeah that license expired in 1997.”
Legally, it would have expired in the spring of 1996 when I moved out of the state. The normal date of expiration may well have been 1997. That was nineteen years ago. Why are you calling me?
“Someone purchased (or tried to purchase) a firearm under that license in 2011”.
In California, right? Who? Why aren’t they in jail?
“We don’t know who. That’s what we want you to tell us.”
You don’t know who? Why aren’t YOU in jail? That license expired by law when I left the state in 1996 if I ever had it. That’s now TWENTY years ago. The license has been invalid for twenty years. I have been in Hawaii for twenty years. You need to be looking for someone in California. Except you can’t. The statute of limitations under Title 18 has run.
There is a remote possibility that someone found an old copy of an FFL which had been expired for nineteen years and attempted to use it to purchase a firearm, in California, in 2011. The transaction could not have been processed. Furthermore, You told me the firearm in question was a US manufactured Charter Arms firearm, and the seller was a Chinese importer. Why are you calling me?
“I need you to explain how someone attempted to purchase a US made Charter Arms firearm from a Chinese supplier in California in 2011 (using a license with your name on it that expired 1n 1996)”.
How would I know that? Are you a BATF agent?
“No, I’m just a clerk here in the office. I work with BATF agents.”
OK. I work with them, too. Please give me the name of the supervisory BATF field agent in charge who authorized you to begin what seems to me very like a criminal investigation, and ask him – or her to call me at his convenience please.
“Who might have used the FFL to purchase a firearm? Was it your son? ”
I have no son. You are interrogating me. You cannot do that legally. At this point you need to send a real BATF agent, in person, to read me my constitutional rights because you are interrogating me regarding a crime (1) Which may never have ever occurred (2) Of which I could not reasonably have had any knowledge (3) And which involves an FFL that someone supposedly tried to use:
(1) FOURTEEN YEARS AFTER IT EXPIRED.
(2) FIFTEEN YEARS AFTER I LEFT CALIFORNIA.
(3) FIVE YEARS AFTER THE INCIDENT SUPPOSEDLY OCCURRED.
(4) TWENTY YEARS AFTER THE LICENSE EXPIRED.
(5) OF WHICH YOU, AS A CLERK, HAVE NO AUTHORITY TO INVESTIGATE!
At the moment in time a FFL expires or is surrendered voluntarily, or revoked, or one or more named parties abandons the business premises for which the license was issued, or leaves the state in which the license is specifically issued, then that document becomes null and void. It is no longer a license for anything. It does not allow or represent the purpose for which it was issued. It confers no permission for anything. The parties named on it are no longer permitted to carry out the trade for which the license was originally issued. The license no longer exists at that point – in this case, it became void in 1996/1997 anyway, and then expired normally in 1997 according to your information.
Any attempted use of that license, which no longer existed after 1997, may be a criminal offense, but probably not. The transaction just wouldn’t have gone through.
The only entity which has the authority to approve a bogus sale on a bogus FFL is the BATF. Naturally, they approve illegal transactions all the time, such as Fast and Furious and the Iran-Contra guns-for-hostages deal, and certainly hundreds more that no one knows about. But I wasn’t involved in those.
The license has been expired for nineteen years. The obvious guess is that someone was cleaning out old papers, found a copy of the expired license, didn’t realize that it was expired, and tried to use it FIVE YEARS AGO.?!?!?!
The most illogical possible action is to track down someone who has not been a valid holder of the EXPIRED license license for nineteen years, does not live in or visit California at all, has no interests or relatives there, and ask then what happened?
My guess is that your entire system is so totally unworkable that no one there is capable of doing anything at all. What do you think?
“It don’t make no sense at all.” (This is a literal quote – the English is non-standard. It is not even remotely English grammar.)
Well, Madame, you aren’t making any. I personally doubt you have any concept of what you are doing and I doubt you have any competent supervision.
But it’s not just you. No federal law enforcement agency which relies on pool clerks can get anything done, because clerks – and agents for that matter – are no longer hired on the basis of capability, education, or competitive testing. They are hired to make a color or gender or religious quota. And now, all of those variables seem to be choice-based as well.
I never heard from her supervisor. I never heard from ANY BATF agent. I am now under the impression that no federal agencies are competent to do their assigned tasks, and none of their civilian employees are either qualified to work there, or are supervised at all.
This is what Obama did for America and, if she gets a chance, what Hillary Clinton will finish. We will be a real third world country. Because people are stupid.