The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is contacting federal firearm license holders and giving them several guidelines to observe during the ongoing protests. The bureau is using push notifications, emails, direct calls, and robocalls to remind firearm holders to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their guns.
One of the guidelines given by the ATF is to ensure firearm holders lock their weapons in secure places to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. The ATF also reminds owners to secure their firearm records as well as their and inventory. Securing the documents is essential in case they need to produce records during a hearing or in case of any legal confusion. Such problems are likely to occur in jurisdictions with a patchwork of gun laws, thus putting firearms owners at risk of unintentional violation.
The bureau also advises gun owners to stay away from their businesses during the protests to avoid sustaining injuries during breakages or arson. The federal agency also directed permit holders to report any misplaced, lost, or stolen firearms. Gun owners are also advised to report any suspicious people or activity to law enforcement.
It is, however, ridiculous to expect the police to protect businesses when they are failing to safeguard firearms in their possession. Several guns were snatched from the police during the protests while others were retrieved from burning police patrol cars. For example, a Q13 FOX News guard seized a stolen police firearm from a protestor in Seattle before returning it to the cops.
The large crowds observed during the protests would overwhelm gun owners if they decided to protect their businesses. Similarly, gun shops and other buildings storing firearms are lucrative targets for criminals trying to obtain guns to use in criminal activities. However, gun owners should remain armed at all times by bearing arms on their person if possible, while staying away from hotspots and locking away their additional firearms.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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