A video posted this week appears to show two Delaware ATF agents and a Delaware state trooper showing up at a man’s house without a warrant, in tactical gear and demanding he prove he didn’t make a straw purchase.
The agents were “warrantless,” according to Frankie Stockes of the National File, who posted the clip. The goal was to prevent any straw purchases from taking place. A straw purchase is when someone purchases a weapon for someone else.
— Frankie Stockes – Reporter (@stockes76) July 20, 2022
“All I’m doing is double-checking that you have it; you’ve made two separate transactions,” an unidentified agent says in the video, which was recorded by a Ring camera. “If you do have them with you, I’ll be out of here. That’s how fast things move. Yes. Do you happen to have them on you at the moment?”
“They are in my safe,” the homeowner said.
“We can go to your foyer out here, inspect them, write the serial numbers, and we’re out of here if you can unload them and bring them outside,” the agent stated.
“That’s it?” the homeowner inquired.
“Absolutely,” the agent responded before a second unknown agent chimed in with, “It’ll only take five seconds.”
“The reason we’re out here is clearly gun violence is up,” a third individual, who appears to be a state trooper, remarked. “We want to make sure we’re keeping an eye on things… We’ve had a lot of problems with straw purchases lately. One of the indicators we look for when someone makes a big gun purchase is that the guns are usually taken shortly after they arrive; it’s called ‘straw purchasing.'”
“The concept is that when you buy more than two weapons at a time, we receive a multiple sales report, and we have to check them out,” the first agent continued. “That’s all there is to it. You did nothing illegal – in fact, nothing at all. Though I did notice you were stopped in Philadelphia with one of your guns?”
“We’ll wait if you’d feel more at ease,” the trooper added.
“I’m fine. I just didn’t anticipate it,” the homeowner began before being cut off by the first agent.
“No, no. It’s simply just happened. We came here, look; I’m telling you. There’s an email from the federal side requesting that you verify that this individual has his weapons,” the officer said before the homeowner responded that he in fact does possess all of his guns.