ATF raid Sabre Defence

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

AR-15 manufacturer Sabre Defence Industries has been raided by the BATFE. The Nashville Post reports

Federal law enforcement agents, led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, descended on Nashville’s Sabre Defence Industries this morning and closed down the facility for at least the day.

Law enforcement officials were seen escorting employees one by one of the company out of their 35,000-square-foot facility on Allied Drive. Each employee was searched next to their personal vehicle, had their vehicle searched and, when cleared, were allowed to leave the premises. No individuals were witnessed being arrested.

I wonder what is going on.

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[ Many thanks to jdun1911 for emailing me the link. ]

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  • Carl Carl on Feb 19, 2010

    Jim, are you sure the employees' cars were included in the warrant?

    "What is possible/likely is that the agents threatened, intimidated, and coerced everyone into “voluntarily” consenting to a search of their car."

    Yup. 99% of all searches probably happen this way. Watch "Cops" and learn how (not) to consent to a search. In fact, when investigated by the police there is nothing to gain from even opening your mouth at all, even if you are 100% innocent.

  • G3Ken G3Ken on Aug 18, 2010

    I find it extremely hard to believe that they had a warrant for each and every employee vehicle. They cannot blanket search everyone when they suspect that someone is up to no good. Merely working for a company that has someone engaged in criminal activity is insufficient to prove probable cause.

    A warrant cannot be "lets just see if Fred has any contraband in his car". They need to state what they're looking for and tell a judge WHY they suspect an individual may be in possession of contraband.

    Nobody should be giving up their rights, guilty or innocent. Better men than I died fighting to preserve those rights and I will NOT part with them willingly. Ever.