The Justice Department has granted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) the power to seize and administratively forfeit property under the guise of controlling substance abuse.
The ruling grants the ATF power to take property from people that have not been charged or convicted of a crime.
The Washington Times gives an example of forfeit and seizure abuse in the case of James Lieto a business owner that had $392,000 seized because he hired an armored car company that was under a federal investigation to transport money for his business.
James Lieto was never accused of any crime. He was simply a customer of the company but was forced to spend thousands recovering his money.
Does this mean customers of a gun seller or FFL dealer “suspected” of being involved in a substance abuse case can have their firearms confiscated by the ATF with no due process?
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