I'm sorry this post does not have any of the refrences of earlier posts.
Actually, I had a wonderful response written when Compu$hit kicked me off line
right before I hit the "post" button.
On the subject of "My BATF inspectors have _always_ made appointments with me"
argument I wish to point out:
1: The BATF has not led with their tactical team into a rocketry LEUP holders
place _YET_. Just because a bear doesn't show you his claws doesn't make him
Several months ago, someone posted a link to a news story where the BATF raided
a gun store over a $10 local license the owner did not have. They destroyed the
collectability of about $30k worth of firearms by tossing all of them into a
trash can. This raid put this man out of business for three months and
destroyed the nest egg he was going to retire on.
If they can do this for a $10 _local_ license, imagine when during one of your
inspections, you can't document that J350 you burned two years ago. The
inspector says, "that's all right, you just fax the information into my office
when you get it, the number's on my card." But at 5am two days later you get a
dynamic entry and an MP5 stuck in your face.
2: When you got that LEUP, you agreed to BATF inspections _any_time_, without
warrant. If someone saw a A3-4T motor sitting on your kitchen table in your
house (and they don't know the difference between an unregulated BP motor from
a regulated AP motor) and dropped a dime on you, the BATF can do the 5am thing
on you on the basis of that uncorborrated call alone.
Now, if someone said I had an M1315 sitting in the middle of my living room,
the BATF would require more evidence and have to swear out a search warrant
from a judge. Why do I get the search warrant and not you? Not because I'm
better looking, but because you've waived that right with the LEUP.
The BATF wants you to believe this is necessary for Public Safety. I shouldn't
have to repeat what Ben Franklin said about Freedoms and Safety.
We should not have to be getting these damned LEUPs in the first place! That's
what the whole fight is about. APCP regulation does not belong with the BATF.
And besides, how many HP motors could you have bought with the money that went
to the license?
One last point, there are three stages to licensing:
1: Make it cheap to get it passed ($25 for three years),
2: Up the price to make some money ($50 a year, 500+% increase),
3: Drive the price to the confiscatory levels ($500 a year) so no one can do
And again, this has happened, many times here in the US, just not to rocketry
Don't think the present situation is okay and let this happen to everyone.
Mark G. Havener
NAR#76868 Level 1
Mid-South Rocket Society http://msrs.mem.net