FBI counterterrorism agents are touring gun stores in search of customers talking about “big government,” according to a report published after a weapons customer’s alleged encounter. FBI agents at South Carolina gun shops are reportedly investigating individuals uttering such a phrase and making “suspicious purchases.”
Report author Brandon Turbeville said an individual from Columbia, South Carolina, came to him to share the story about an FBI agent in a firearms shop earlier this week after a host of questions after displaying his credentials.
The FBI agent allegedly told the customers he was charged with going into all gun shops in the area to review suspicious purchases for counter-terrorism reasons. The so-called “big gov” suspicious behavior being investigated were all legal activities, such as buying long guns and paying with cash.
According to the Turbeville source, the FBI counter-terrorism agent allegedly said:
“If you see some Middle Eastern guy come in, you don’t have to be so worried about that. What we’re really looking for are people talking about being sovereign such as sovereign citizens or people talking about big government.”
The customer, who is not named in the published article, contends that the FBI agent pulled up to the gun store in an unmarked vehicle and was wearing plain clothes. The customer said, “Never in a million years would I have thought this guy was a fed. He was in a completely normal vehicle. Regular clothes. Everything. I would have thought this guy was just some downhome country boy.”
The customer shared the FBI flyer the agent allegedly handed over before leaving the South Carolina gun store. The pamphlet lists behavior which could be considered suspicious.
Behavior noted on the FBI flyer includes:
· Payment in cash or someone else’s credit card.
· Reluctant or unwilling to produce valid ID.
· Large purchases or “unusual” inquires to buy in bulk.
· Lack of knowledge regarding firearms or product usage.
· New or unknown customers
· Nervousness or evasiveness
· Hints at illegal or misuse of explosives.
· Know your customers. Be Aware.
Although admitting to illegally or misusing explosives is a legitimate cause for concern, most of the other items on the FBI list are subjective or understandable. If a mother goes into a gun shop to purchase a gun for her adult son, she could easily have a lack of knowledge and might use her husband’s credit card. A wife (or a husband) could go into the same store and use income tax rebate cash to buy all the guns and ammo she or he had been looking forward to purchasing for months.
What do you think about the FBI big government questions at gun stores claims?
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