F Troop is hinting that Stag Arms must be participating in some sort of criminal enterprise, but what I think we’re seeing here is nothing more than mind-bending levels of derp:
Federal regulators who enforce firearms laws have asked to keep more than 100 assault rifle parts seized last fall from Stag Arms, a New Britain gun manufacturer.
In a visit to Stag Arms in July 2014, agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms found about 3,000 receivers — part of the housing where the serial numbers go — without serial numbers, according to documents filed in federal court.
Mark Malkowski, owner of Stag Arms, told the agent that the employee who engraves the serial numbers on the parts was on vacation, and that’s why they were still blank. The documents say the parts were still blank a week later, on a second visit. Unmarked parts were found at two locations, but only seized from one, where the company told the agent that they had been left unmarked for years.
The company has not been charged with any wrongdoing as the investigation continues.
In September, an ATF agent obtained a search and seizure warrant that allowed the agency to seize the parts as well as computers and records at the business. She wrote in the warrant application: “I know from my training and experience that [companies] who engage in unlawful transactions, sales and transfers of firearms often keep records, documents and property which constitute evidence, fruits of such crime and/or contraband …”
She also wrote that it is common for businesses selling illegal weapons to keep a separate set of books.
In specific, the suit claims that ATF inspectors on a routine inspection on July 15, 2014 discovered that Stag Arms had approximately 3,000 un-serialized lower receivers at their 119 John Downey Drive location. Stag claims that they’d been there for 7-30 days while the employee who serializes those parts was on vacation. Those parts were still un-serialized when the inspectors returned a week later, on July, 22, 2014.