FEDERAL JUDGE’S ORDER?
Maadi-Griffin Business Before Court Ruling?
Executive Director, KeepAndBearArms.com
Just when Bob Stewart of Maadi-Griffin thought
he'd seen it all, the BATF appears to take yet another step beyond their
jurisdiction. In direct defiance of a federal judge's ruling, it seems the
BATF agents have ordered the U.S. Post Office not to ship Mr. Stewart's rifle
kits. Mr. Stewart and his wife, Naomi, were given the news when they went
to ship 3 kits on Tuesday afternoon at the main post office in Mesa,
Arizona. "We've been ordered not to ship your kits," said the
postal employee. They refused to admit that BATF gave the order, saying,
"we can't talk about it," but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to
figure it out. Who else could have given that order? Mesa
Police? Overriding the court order of a federal judge? We'll
see. Though possible, this stinks like BATF.
The Stewarts also firmly believe that the
power-abusive federal agency is intercepting all mail addressed to
Maadi-Griffin. (All personal mail was let through.) The day after BATF's
"expert" Chief of Firearms Technology, Curtis Bartlett, failed
to prove his claim that the kit is a firearm, Maadi-Griffin's mail went from
a large daily stack to zero.
Maadi-Griffin was raided under severely
questionable circumstances on June 16. Full
story here. On June 26, in Judge Lawrence O. Andersen's court in
Phoenix, the judge ruled
that the Stewarts could conduct their business as usual. The conditions of
release, signed by the Vietnam veteran Judge and in my possession state:
"..can conduct current business." Although the acting
President of this country could put a team of overpaid, beady-eyed federal
lawyers in place to explain how "...can conduct current business"
really means something else, it's not gonna fly in Arizona any more than
"...the right of the people..." can be construed to mean anything but
YOU and ME.
Bob Stewart's "current business" is
not being allowed to "can conduct" -- any way you shake it.
on Monday was to determine the validity of the BATF's claim that the kit is a
rifle. There is uncertainty, to say the least, as to the definition of
"readily" convertible. In fact, the BATF have no definition
in their own regulations as to what "readily" made to fire even means.
At issue in this case is how easy, or not, the kit can be converted into a fully
operational firearm that fires a .50 caliber bullet. The ruling is
expected on Thursday at 10:30am.
BATF entered as evidence a partially-converted
kit and tried to pass it off as complete. They presented a partial gun
none of them in their right minds would dare fire, and they kept a straight face
while saying "it could fire a bullet." What they allegedly fired
was a blank cartridge.
The ATF made themselves look stupid and, once
again, tyrannical in the way they conducted the raid on Bob Stewart's
family. They deviated from the search warrant. They ignored Miranda
for 4 hours while holding the Stewarts hostage at gunpoint. They stole
items not listed on their search warrant. They made themselves look even
more inept in federal court on Monday. And now they seem to have some need
to further infringe on Mr. Stewart's rights and in violation of a federal
judge's order. With the ruling a mere 48 hours away. If we find a way to
prove these guys violated Judge Andersen's direct, legal, signed, official court
order, this last tactic is not only stupid, it's asinine.
BATF Director Bradley A. Buckles needs to give
serious review to the practices of his regional directors.
We're going to get to the bottom of this.
Somebody gave the order to block Bob Stewart from conducting his current
business, and we are going to find out who, and under what authority.
If you or any gun owner or liberty advocate you
know can attend Bob Stewart's hearing on Thursday in Phoenix, we're calling for
a packed house. In a discussion at 4am after we'd each been up for far too
long, Bob said, "I believe this Judge's career may be riding on his
decision, and we need to get out there to support him in making the right
decision--to insure that the rule of law stands."
Thursday, July 13, 10:30am, 1st Ave. & Van
Buren on the 5th Floor of the Federal Courthouse. We'll be the group of
people quietly discussing the future of this nation, and we are asking for as
many people as possible to fill the courtroom. Dress nicely, and bring a
We're offering a chance to win a completed
Maadi-Griffin .50 Caliber Stainless Model 89 with every membership to our
organization. We REQUIRE funds to press on. Join here: http://www.KeepAndBearArms.com/members/
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Stewart Legal Defense Fund: http://www.maadigriffin.com/legalfund.htm
Please send funds addressed to Naomi Stewart. We will be setting up an
online mechanism to receive funds for the Stewarts shortly to assist in this