Black Metal Firearms owner David Nagel caught an ATF inspector using her cell phone to take pictures of the shop’s sales records — which include the identities of every gun buyer.
Nagel recorded the inspector’s actions on video and posted the footage on Instagram to show what the gun industry is up against in today’s political climate, and the post has since gone viral.
The gun shop owner joined BlazeTV founder Glenn Beck on his radio program to discuss what happened that day, as well as the threats the ATF inspector made against his regular customers, and the insults she hurled at all gun owners.
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Industry Operations Inspector Pamela Scott was conducting a routine review, according to Nagel, but things quickly went sideways when she began taking pictures of the shop’s detailed sales records — which included the identities of every gun buyer.
The gun shop owner said that he confronted Scott, even asking if she was “creating a registry” by taking the photographs of the personal information of his customers.
“No, that would be illegal,” the ATF inspector allegedly answered.
At that time, Nagel decided to start videotaping Scott’s actions.
“We had quite a bit of recording,” he told Beck. “But a lot of it, we were not able to share because there was personal information visible in it, you know, contact numbers and things of that sort. So, we didn’t want to put [all of the video] on blast.”
The short clip of Scott that he did “put on blast” on Instagram received over 40k views, and tons of comments expressing both outrage over the ATF inspector’s actions and support for the business.
Speaking with Beck, Nagel went on to explain how Scott responded when he told her that his customers would not be comfortable with her collecting their information in this manner.
“She said, ‘well, it sounds like your customers are just being paranoid. Maybe I should look into them a little bit more.’ Which I thought was really creepy,” the gun shop owner said.
“That’s a threat,” Glenn replied.
“And she said, ‘you have a few gun nuts in there.’ And I politely corrected her. I prefer gun enthusiasts. And she said, ‘no, they’re nuts,’” Nagel said. “That was a kind of backhanded way of describing the average American. Because, if we’re all nuts, then what are you governing us for?”
Nagel has since asserted in a GiveSendGo fundraiser that the “ATF has recommended that our license be revoked and they violated us and our customers in the process.”
“We are a Small, Veteran/Family owned firearms dealer out in Mesa, AZ with a huge passion for the firearms industry and the safety of our community and customers… They destroyed our business and our reputation. We are tired of being treated like thugs. We are a family trying to make a living. We will not go quietly or down without a fight! Please share this as much as possible as we are in for quite an expensive legal battle,” he added.