More than a few folks are living with a bit of anxiety of late. Some have bought now-banned guns in the Land of Lincoln since January 10th and now they’re a little uneasy about the Illinois State Police showing up on their doorstep. Others have handguns with support braces on them and they’re worried about BATF paying them a visit.
Yes, either state or federal agents could show up for a “knock and talk” at your residence or place of business over support-braced pistols (now considered “short barreled rifles” by BATF) or purchases of “banned” guns. It’s very unlikely, but it could happen.
If they do show up to inspect your firearms or discuss them with you, do you have to talk with them? No, no, no. NO! You don’t even have to answer the door.
Should you speak with them? Attorney William Kirk from the Washington Gun Law organization says, and I quote, “Why the hell would you do that?”
If cops are knocking, they are there investigating potential criminal activity. Unless they have a warrant, don’t talk with them, don’t admit them into your home, and don’t show them any guns. Don’t sign any documents. Nothing you say can be used to exonerate you. Lying to police is a crime in itself.
Watch this video (again, as appropriate).
And the follow-up:
This also goes for those who have submitted amnesty eForm 1 applications. Politely decline to chat with the agents, but it might be time to chat with a local attorney.