OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — The brother of a local gun shop owner is speaking out, over an ATF raid on Nov. 9, 2021 that he says was entrapment.
On Tuesday, Nov. 9, approximately 20 federal agents in full tactical gear—some with guns drawn—raided Skelton Tactical, in Osage Beach. The owner of Skelton Tactical is Jim Skelton; his brother Ike Skelton owns a locksmith business in an adjoining building.
Ike Skelton spoke on KEYK radio as well as Lake TV's What's Burnin' with KB show, on Wednesday, Nov. 10. In the interviews, Skelton talked about the raid, and the circumstances leading up to it. He claims the ATF raid stemmed from a sting operation in which two undercover federal agents, a man and a woman, came into Skelton Tactical. The woman, when purchasing the firearms, indicated on the federally required background check forms that she was indeed the purchaser of the firearms, Skelton said. He said later when it came time to pay, the man pulled cash out of his pocket to pay. "She answered 'Yes' on every one of those forms," Skelton said. "So in reality… she actually falsified the documents, to entrap him, I believe!"
He continued, "So what they’re saying, then, is that man bought the weapons, and not the woman who filled out the form."
"She lied on the form!" Skelton said. "If she would have been honest on that form, he would have refused the sale, and we wouldn’t be here today."
Skelton said he felt this incident was another example of a federal agency flexing its muscles and using intimidation tactics to exert control. He ended, "I want folks to know, that there is a time in this country that we’re going to have to stand up and just say, 'No.' That we’re not going to deal with these things anymore."
The full Lake TV video is below. Click here to listen to the KEYK radio interview.
Quotes from the Lake TV interview...
“A couple of them had weapons drawn… they came in in force… they told us to stay right where we were.”
“I was stunned.”
“I picked up my phone and said ‘I gotta record this.’”
“You want to believe this folks are truly doing what they’re supposed to be doing, but I think we’ve seen now, especially in the last several years that they’re not quite as the wind-driven snow.”
“They took my camera, put it down on the counter, and said no I cannot record it. I went to grab it again, they were a little more forceful about things at that point, and then started asking me about whether we had any firearms here on my person.”
“Took my weapon from me, emptied it, frisked me…”
“They told me they were going to search my building too… they made me and my apprentice go outside, we were not allowed in the building anymore… I protested rather heavily… I told them that their warrant doesn’t cover my side of the building… and I think maybe they agreed because we wound up in a situation where I could come back in the building. But they did do a search of my side of the building as well. I had some firearms in there, in the back room that I told them about.”
“She answered ‘Yes’ on every one of those forms. So in reality… she actually falsified the documents, to entrap him, I believe!”
“I think it’s just another way for the federal government to say, ‘We are bigger than you. We are more powerful than you. And do not resist.’”
“When it comes to the ATF and firearms, they can pretty much steal anything they want to take from you… they wound up taking his sticky notes that he had on the desk!”
“I want folks to know, that there is a time in this country that we’re going to have to stand up and just say, ‘No.’ That we’re not going to deal with these things anymore.”
“What happens when that administration gets in that does want to use those tools against you? Should those tools even be in place?”
“Are these rules that we have, just? And do we need to start looking at turning back a lot of these things and just doing away with a lot of restrictions we have on our freedoms?”