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Air Force, FBI agents raid gun store near Strip

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Citadel Gun and Safe, 4305 Dean Martin Drive, was raided by federal agents Friday afternoon, Aug. 19, 2011. No details were immediately released.

Citadel Gun and Safe

Federal agents raided a gun store near the Las Vegas Strip on Friday afternoon but released few details, saying only it was part of an ongoing investigation.

The raid, which included agents from the FBI and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, was conducted at Citadel Gun and Safe, 4305 Dean Martin Drive, near Flamingo Road. Metro Police assisted in the operation.

It’s not clear why agents were at the store. A spokesman at Nellis Air Force Base said the Office of Special Investigations “at this point is not commenting because it’s part of an ongoing investigation.”

Joe Gold, CEO of the nearby Bahama Mamas cigar store, said agents showed up to the building in the early afternoon and stayed for several hours.

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  1. The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. 1385) passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction, with the intention (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) of substantially limiting the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement. The Act prohibits members of the Army from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain "law and order" on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions) within the United States.
    The statute prohibits Army and Air Force personnel and units of the National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress. The Navy and Marine Corps are prohibited by a Department of Defense directive, not by the Act itself.[1][2] The Coast Guard, under the Department of Homeland Security, is exempt from the Act.

  2. There is more to this story then can be told. There is a reason why the AF was involved. And we will probably never find out why.

  3. What's wrong with this picture, people? "Posse Comitatus" generally means this country's military will not be used against us civilians. William Clarke was right to mention it.

    From Black's Law Dictionary, 8th Edition -- "Posse Comitatus Act. A federal law that, with a few exceptions, prohibits the Army or Air Force from directly participating in civilian law-enforcement operations, as by making arrests, conducting searches, or seizing evidence."

    This one smells -- but that's par for the course for anything involving federal agents. Considering the feds' recent "Fast and Furious" brought to light, this one should put everyone's BS meter way into the red.

    "Because there is no comparison whatsoever between an armed and a disarmed man; it is not reasonable to suppose that one who is armed will obey willingly one who is unarmed; or that any unarmed man will remain safe among armed servants." -- Niccolo Machiavelli 1513 "The Prince" Chapter IV

  4. Well,no one here has the facts yet.

    One thing to consider, if this involved weapons from the Air Force or Air Force personal then the Air Force will be and can be involved.

    I know looking for the black helicopters is fun but lets give it time to get the facts.

  5. I heard rumors a while back that Citsdel had some trouble with ATF regarding their paperwork. I'm sure ATF applied for the warrant(s) and that the AF OSI was secondary. They only get involved as it was said above when AF property or AF airmen are involved. We'll hear something about it when the federal indictments are announced.

    Air Force Office of Special Investigation are the criminal investigators for the Air Force. The agents are both civilian and military. OSI would fall under the "few exceptions" to Posse Comitatus as would NCIS and Army CID. All threes scope are limited to investigating military personnel or military property.

    So rather than invoke black helicopters, Posse Comitatus, and quoting Machiavelli please try learning about OSI or other subjects before letting your paranoia starts extrapolating.

  6. Brianlv: Thanks for your effort in attempting to educate the t party.