[Ed. – Emphasis in original. And pay attention, grasshoppers.]
The New York Times Reports: When no criminal activity is charged, the IRS often negotiates to return only part of the seized money, leaving impoverished citizens with little option but to either accept the IRS’ offer or continue a lengthy and very expensive legal battle to try to get their legitimately earned money back.
When it comes down to it, this is basically government racketeering and extortion. …
Here’s the rub:
Law Enforcement Agencies GET TO KEEP A SHARE OF WHATEVER IS FORFEITED.
That’s right. It would be like a cop getting 20% of the proceeds from every ticket he writes. Do you think ticket writing abuse might take place? Of course it would.
So what has the CAFR Act of 2000 really done? It has created a dragnet of law enforcement agencies, backed by the IRS, who go out trolling for innocent people who they can legally rob and hold hostage while and then are REWARDED with a portion of the seized assets. Remember…all with NO CRIMINAL CHARGES being filed or even pursued.
Why is this important to gun owners?
This is a precedent being set. If the IRS doesn’t need actual proof or are required to file charges in order to seize the entire life savings of an innocent person, then the day may come when the ATF doesn’t need proof or have to file charges in order to seize the entire gun collection of an innocent person.
Think about it. What if, in order to “protect the children” and “fight terrorism” a law was passed that required you to report whenever you purchase more than 5 guns a month. A load of BS I know. But then what if they passed an accompanying law that gave the ATF the right to seize all weapons from “suspicious” gun buyers? The only thing suspicious being that you only bought 4 in one month.