For Real: Canadian Cop Caught Surveilling a Montana Gun Show

P. Gardner Goldsmith | October 11, 2022
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Dudley Do-Right he is not.

A police officer was caught surveilling a Montana gun show back in September and - get this - he wasn't an American one.

Joee Taylor reports for

“According to Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter, local county employees and people noticed someone with Canadian plates watching people at the gun show.

Once deputies and the sheriff arrived, the operation was shut down immediately.”

The gun show was the late September Great Falls, Montana gun show, and, despite an agent of a foreign nation literally being caught spying in the U.S., this news seems completely unimportant to both the Biden administration and its so-called “adversaries" in the GOP.

Writes Taylor:

"’It's very dangerous to have an operation like that, and we should have been notified. So we told them the operation was over and to their credit, they agreed and they left that,’ said Slaughter.

The police officer was assigned to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Task Force for gun smuggling and was working with ATF.”

Ahh. Well, then…

...wait. There are some big problems here.

KTXL 1370 AM Radio’s Aaron Flint spoke to Sheriff Slaughter about what happened, and Slaughter noted that the ATF didn’t inform him of any of these plans prior to the gun show.

Writes Flint:

“Great job Sheriff Slaughter. Canada & the ATF wanted to spy on Americans at a gun show in Montana, and they didn't even notify the sheriff in advance. The sheriff told 'em to get out. They smartly complied.”

Okay, then. Everything’s back to normal.

Not in the least.

As laudable as Slaughter’s actions and revelations might be, something rather important is missing from this story.

First, there's the fact that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (commonly known as the ATF) not only is not sanctioned by the U.S. Constitution, it is strictly prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.

Then there’s the fact that both the ATF and these Canadian Mounties were spying on people without warrants. If the Canadians were searching for some fugitive who has crossed the border, the only mechanism for them to get help is to request U.S. police assistance, and then ask for extradition if the suspect were caught.

Is it just me, or has the water in the proverbial “boil your rights away” pot been getting warmer and warmer for so long, with alphabet agencies and government threats piling up so much, that many Americans have become inured to the anti-rights atmosphere poisoning them?

Generation upon generation, since the 1934 Firearms Act targeted certain kinds of guns with a massive tax, politicians and the men they hire have held their tax-financed government guns and threatened us with violence if we fully exercise the simple right to keep arms, let alone BEAR them for self-defense.

Now, agents of CANADA surreptitiously work with the agents of the unconstitutional ATF (budgeted this year for $1.5 BILLION dollars) to infiltrate gun shows and spy on people.

Insult upon injury, upon insult – and on it goes. In fact, The Epoch Times just reported that a “rule” slid into the March-passed “appropriations package” for fiscal year 2022 will require “Federal Firearms Licensed” (FFL) gun sellers to provide the FBI with the personal addresses of individuals who try to purchase a gun, but are denied or even have a delay in the transaction.


Writes Naveen Athrapully:

“The FBI will also provide local law enforcement with details of failed transactions, which include delayed transactions, as well as the personal information of rejected individuals. Earlier, firearms dealers only had to provide a purchaser’s state of residence rather than their full address in case of denial or delay.”

How about the baseline principle that no one should “have to” provide anything to any agent of any level of government? Does the Second Amendment ever come to mind in D.C. or the brains of people working for the intimidating, excruciatingly unconstitutional ATF and constitutionally dubious FBI?

Related: VISA, American Express, MasterCard Will Begin Denoting Gun Sales In Their Own Records Category – Why? | MRCTV

Athrapully adds:

“The change in policy follows President Joe Biden signing the appropriations package for fiscal 2022 in March. The package contained the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act (VAWA) which includes the NICS Denial Notification Act.”

Sure is odd, isn’t it – a government and its goons telling people they oppose “violence against women” so much that they’ll unconstitutionally make what should be state issues into federal ones, and then they’ll engage in threats of violence against all kinds of peaceful folks, like women running gun shops or trying to buy guys at them. Athrapully notes that Gun Owners of America obtained an FBI email outlining how its agents would implement the new “policy” of aggression against us:

“’The NICS (National Instant Criminal Background-Check System) Denial Notification Act of 2022 requires the FBI’s NICS Section to notify state, local, or tribal law enforcement of all FBI NICS denied transactions within 24 hours. The FBI must provide notification to law enforcement based upon the location of the FFL and if different, the purchaser’s address,’ the email states.

The FFLs must provide a buyer’s complete address to the NICS as recorded on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Form 4473 when transactions get “denied or delayed.”

I get a bad feeling about Red Flag breaches of the bill of rights shooting up in frequency.

In fact, if you recall the piece I wrote for MRCTV published on September 12, you’ll recall the International Organization for Standardization creating a SALES CODE for credit card corporations to flag gun shop sales.

What happens when the credit card, just by chance, denies the purchase?

Either way, whether the credit card company turns over the data, or the seller does, the FBI will find out, and contact local police.


Your guess is as good as mine, but, given how flagrantly federal agencies like the ATF have operated in Montana, and given how little many Americans seem to care, the door is wide open for even more abuse and destruction of our rights.

Unless we spread the word about these insane practices and policies, and help people remember that there is supposed to be a Constitution stopping all of them, and, deeper still, even if the Constitution allowed these attacks on our rights, such attacks are patently immoral.

Related: Two-Dozen State Attys General Warn VISA, MasterCard, American Express NOT To Create And Hold Codes For Gun Sales | MRCTV