ATF agents showed up at a Wilmington, Delaware man’s home after he legally purchased more than two guns at once from a store. The interaction from the homeowner’s point of view was captured on a Ring camera and then posted online. There were at least three agents within view of the camera. The main agent approached the homeowner’s door with paperwork in hand and asked to see the guns that were recently purchased. The objective was to match up serial numbers from said guns to the serial numbers in the paperwork.
The surprise appearance from the ATF was explained as a deterrent against straw purchases. A “straw purchase” is when one person or people buy guns for other people instead of keeping the guns for themselves. The homeowner seemed stunned that ATF agents showed up at his front door asking for him to verify that his gun purchase was above-board. Video of the incident has essentially gone viral and it has left outsiders with a ton of questions. The main question is if such a visit from the ATF violates any civil rights or not.