Montana Congressman, AG Raise Questions After IRS Raid
Montana's Attorney General is raising serious questions after the IRS raided a gun store in Great Falls, Montana last week. Montana Congressman Matt Rosendale (R-MT02) also visited Highwood Creek Outfitters and spoke out following the visit.
Attorney General Austin Knudsen (R-MT) joined us on the radio last week with his initial reactions to the raid. After speaking with the owner of the store, he took to social media- raising concerns about the documents scooped up by the IRS during the raid. AG Knudsen says the documents seized by the IRS were "appalling:"
AG Knudsen: Horrifyingly, the IRS then seized all 20+ boxes (THOUSANDS) of the store’s original ATF form 4473s. These means the IRS now has all the records of every person who bought a gun from this store, and exactly what they bought. Those are in no way financial records. The federal government is prohibited by federal law from keeping a firearms ownership database. Why is the IRS seizing gun records? This is absolutely appalling.
According to The Billings Gazette, the IRS "would only say that 'IRS Criminal Investigation was on site as part of their official business.”
Congressman Rosendale met with the owner of Highwood Creek Outfitters, Tom Van Hoose, on Friday morning. He gave this reaction to the raid that apparently involved 20 IRS armed IRS agents:
Rep. Rosendale: Tom informed me that these agents confiscated all the 4473 forms, none of which contain any financial information; instead, the IRS now has access to these forms with sensitive personal details of every customer who purchased a firearm from Highwood Creek Outfitters.
Click below for the full audio of our chat on Friday with the owner of Highwood Creek Outfitters:
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