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Old March 28, 2013, 21:45   #1
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ATF pays FPS Russia a visit....

Hope he has a good lawyer to deal with this:

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2...rnesville-home

ATF agents lead search for explosives at Carnesville home
By Wayne Fordupdated Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 10:46pm

Nearly 40 law enforcement officers converged Tuesday on the property of a Franklin County man whose business partner was shot to death in January in a homicide that continues to trouble investigators.

U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents supervised the raid geared at finding explosives used by Kyle Myers, 26, because the ATF believes Myers may be violating a federal law regulating such explosives, according to ATF spokesman Richard Coes.

Federal agents, accompanied by Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and deputies with the sheriff’s offices in Franklin and Hart counties, raided the Royston residence of Myers. Authorities also raided on Tuesday the 60-acre farm of Lamar Myers, Kyle’s father, in Lavonia.

No arrests were made, nor did Coes know if any explosives were seized.

“The idea at one of the locations was to take firearms, but they did not do that,” Coes said.

Coes said he could not comment on whether the raid stemmed from the investigation into the slaying of 32-year-old Keith Richard Ratliff, who was found dead in his business outside Carnesville on Jan. 3.

The investigation has widened into other states, according to the GBI.

Ratliff was co-owner with Myers of FPS Industries, which made guns. As productions of FPSRussia, the men posted videos on YouTube, which featured Myers using weapons the men acquired or made.

In the FPSRussia videos, Myers, who fakes a Russian accent during his demonstrations, is shown shooting guns and blowing up items.

Myers “was known to use explosives and I don’t know if it was done with malicious intent,” Coes said, adding that Myers was blowing up cars, refrigerators and other items for entertainment purposes.

A person is required to obtain a federal explosives manufacturing license if they intend to engage in the business of manufacturing explosives for sale, distribution or for their own business, Coes said.

The ATF believed that Myers was violating this law.

“The claim is that he was using explosives and getting paid for it via YouTube,” Coes said.

Information found during the search could be presented to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, according to Coes.

Myers’ YouTube videos has about 3.4 million subscribers, making it one the most viewed channels on YouTube, according to the website AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

Myers, nor his father, could be reached for comment.

Ratliff, originally from Frankfort, Ky., had lived less than a year in Franklin County before he was fatally shot. Guns were found in the business near Ratliff’s body, but the murder weapon was not among them, authorities said. He died of a single shot to the head, the GBI said.

Ratliff lived in the building used for the business.

The GBI has declined to comment on a possible motive. Soon after the investigation began, the GBI asked for the assistance of the ATF and the FBI.

Ratliff was estranged from his wife, Amanda, who lived in Kentucky with their 2-year-old son, according to a January story in the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. She told the newspaper her husband “was a businessman from the time he got up until the time he went to bed.”

Friends of Ratliff found his body, but the GBI has not said how long they think the victim had been dead.

The GBI would not comment on possible suspects or persons of interest in the slaying of Ratliff.
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Old March 28, 2013, 23:15   #2
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Hopefully it was just tannerite. Also hope that if it wasn't, that he didn't have any where it could be found.
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Old March 28, 2013, 23:39   #3
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....so the justification for raiding FPS russia is because youtube pays them to make videos about popping tannerite?

What a nice misuse of agency resources to persecute an otherwise perfectly lawful activity...
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Old March 28, 2013, 23:49   #4
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ya mean he is a fakin being russian? what's next, barry is actually polish?
there was a local here blew up a car, fbi, atf, abc, def, showed up, even brought the fbi tactical rv, said it was legal because he used tannerite.
i thought it was pretty obvious fps was using tannerite.
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Old March 28, 2013, 23:55   #5
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In his videos, he says he uses In The Red.

Why would he need to mess with "illegal" explosives when he can just buy big sacks of legal ones?

The ATF are a bunch of scrotal tumors.
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Old March 28, 2013, 23:55   #6
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The Feds are claiming that the binaries he was using were part of his business advertising and demonstration. They reinterpreted the definition of "business use" earlier this year to include just about anything and everything. Now if you sell rifles and distribute a recording of yourself using a rifle to detonate a binary then you have broken the law.

This is absolute bullshit. They have moved completely beyond the intended scope of the law.
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Old March 29, 2013, 00:08   #7
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The Feds are claiming that the binaries he was using were part of his business advertising and demonstration. They reinterpreted the definition of "business use" earlier this year to include just about anything and everything. Now if you sell rifles and distribute a recording of yourself using a rifle to detonate a binary then you have broken the law.

This is absolute bullshit. They have moved completely beyond the intended scope of the law.
How about claim it as "public entertainment" and claim the monies received only cover production expenses? I wonder how Hollyweird gets around blowing shit up for money, other than contributing to the campaigns of left-wing pols?

In any case, they probably spend more resources on this than the murder case and even if he wins, he'll end up broke.
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Old March 29, 2013, 06:42   #8
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Wonder if Adam and Jamie of "mythbusters" have this license,and if they will receive a visit if they don't....
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Old March 29, 2013, 07:21   #9
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"Myers “was known to use explosives and I don’t know if it was done with malicious intent,” Coes said..."

Where the phuck did "malice" come from? This guy pulled it out of his ass. Has he never bothered to watch a single of the FPS videos?

They're big redneck (in a fake Russian sort of way) fun. Malice my ass, these guys are working some whole other agenda.

Now that I think more into the actions of the various TLA agencies, I think I do see who possesses the malice.

Never mind the Thought Police, the Fun Police have arrived.
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I saw they were charging that American who was in Syria with using a weapon of mass destruction (an RPG). When did an rpg become a weapon of mass destruction? This terrorist shit is getting out of control. Whenever the .gov gets emergency powers they eventually become just powers.
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“The idea at one of the locations was to take firearms, but they did not do that,” Coes said.
Looks like they kept good records...The ATF were hoping to grab any guns they could, but they were SOL.
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Old March 29, 2013, 11:25   #12
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I love this guy's stuff. He's freakin' hilarious.

If the guy who was killed was his source for the cool guns to use, why the hell would he bite the hand that feeds him?

I got a tough time believing he's guilty. Seems the ATF is just stirring up shit.
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Because the Communist leaders in the current federal regime do not have full control of the U.S.A. they still have to try to make a so-called "federal case" to insure they themselves will not be arrested if the political tide turns against them.

This is why you still see ATF and FBI types throwing out terms like: "malicious intent" and making references to the need for various explosives manufacturing and handling licensing levels to legally work with things that ATF has not even classified as "explosives"...yet.

If martial law is declared, with the NDAA in effect, they will not have to worry about evidence or trials at all. They will pick up anybody anywhere any time. They will seize or produce any so-called evidence for show trials like Stalin and Mao used to run. Then they will use the media to crow about how the feds saved the nation, once again, from those evil-doers who believe in the Constitution and gun rights, the marriage of men and women, and who hate socialism.

It is all designed to throw enough s**t against the wall so that something sticks for an indictment against somebody. In the meantime, the Communist led federal government now has a dozen soundbites to back up the necessary propaganda fantasies on the nightly news about "right wingers with arsenals", including explosives.
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Sounds like a fishing expedition, and the fish weren't bitin'.
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...Where the phuck did "malice" come from? ....
The malice came from BATF, engaging in malicious prosecution, which is a crime, and also fraud.
It is a felony to make a false statement on government documents...like on a warrant application, for example....
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