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Out of control: Feds ready to seize more guitars at concerts

The US’s fourth branch of government, the bureaucracy, is at it again. For some reason, the US Fish and Wildlife Service sees it necessary to use American taxpayer dollars to focus on a tariff law violation concerning wood. They are so determined to eradicate illegal wood that they are even considering threatening this year’s summer concerts. Among some of the notable names of rock stars that might be affected: Sheryl Crow, Van Halen, and especially Ted Nugent are on the roster.

The target is the world renowned Gibson Guitars; the ones that the titans of rock will be playing this summer. Of course, this isn’t the first time that the Feds have come to blows with this delinquent guitar manufacturer. On August 25th, 2011 the US Fish and Wildlife Service raided the Memphis and Nashville Gibson factories with astonishing force and guns drawn: as if they were expecting return fire.


This year, the Feds must really be itching for a fight. Apparently, they intend to play ball on the away field, and raid 2012 summer concerts. Of course, their track record suggests that guns will be drawn for these raids too. These reports have many Americans dumbfounded that this could even be happening in the country where rock was invented. Anthony Martin of Examiner.comwrites,

If the feds raid summer concerts, major disruptions will ensue which will impact the fans who paid hefty ticket fees to see their favorite musicians such as Sheryl Crow, Ted Nugent, and Paul McCartney, all of whom use Gibson guitars.

Ted Nugent will not go quietly, as he has already been very vocal on the subject. He was in fact so vocal, that this rock rebel came under the hawk eye of the Secret Service for his comments onHumanEvents.com:

I am the Great White Buffalo and I play an American-made Gibson guitar that can blow your head clean off at 100 paces. Now if we can just blow the head clean off the Fedzilla beast in November, this sort of government abuse will come to an end, of that I am certain.

However, elected officials are stepping up, very concerned about the actions of those who were not elected. R-TN Senator Lamar Alexander said, “I don’t want the musicians from Nashville who are flying to Canada to perform this summer to worry about the government seizing their guitars…” He goes on to say that, “…Sen. Wyden and I are going to make it absolutely clear. We hope to get a clear ruling within a few weeks, and if we can’t get a clear ruling, we’ll introduce legislation to change the Lacey Act.”

The law, to which the senator was referring, is 112 years old and was originally written to establish trade regulations for bird feathers. In 2008, however, it was changed to protect wood, and the Feds have most certainly laid down the law with a display of force. Of course, what happened in 2011 is only scenery for the onlooker; people want to know why. Why would Obama and Eric Holder’s Justice Department go after Gibson? Martin further states:

First, the Obama Administration has a history of harassing non-union companies and even unionized companies that move their operations to right-to-work states. Second, Gibson’s closest competitor, Martin Guitars, is operated by a major Democrat-supporter and uses wood from the same sources as Gibson. But Martin has never been harassed.

It seems as if the Feds would simply like to do away with Gibson Guitars for their crimes against wood. To them, international law takes priority over Constitution law, and this is becoming more and more apparent as their encroachments against liberty become more and more blatant. Then again, perhaps they would just rather see Ted Nugent play a guitar that is made in China.







http://www.ijreview.com/2012/05/5881-out-of-control-feds-ready-to-seize-more-guitars-at-concerts/
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Added: May-21-2012 Occurred On: May-21-2012
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  • First, the Obama Administration has a history of harassing non-union companies and even unionized companies that move their operations to right-to-work states.


    IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WOOD. ITS THAT ASSHOLE WE HAVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE1111

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    • @danny777 Next thing you know they will be taking house's because they have "Illegal Wood"

      This is the most waste of money....And to have guns drown on the workers of Gibson Guitars really yeah guitar shops all over america are fully load with weapons and are ready for a raid WTF.. Shit like this is what's going to really piss people mainly because it's a waste of money and an excessive use of force that is way over the top..

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  • Here's one legendary company that all music lovers like even non-musicians, with its guitars all made in the USA, not outsourcing for profit, employing skilled workers who love their job and support their community, a responsible owner, and this is the one the feds are harassing.
    It could be a form of shake-down to extort money for BO's election campaign. I wouldn't put it past this scumbag.

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  • Fuk that false messiah

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  • Amazing! Don't import wood for guitars, but ok to export weapons to Mexico ala Eric Holder.

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  • What wood are they after? Mahogony and a thin maple veneer are about the only woods on a gibson, that and a rosewood fretboard. These are standard woods that have been used forever, Martin uses more wood to build an acoustic and they also use more exotic woods like koa also.

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    • @Singlecoilsnap Ebony from Madagascar is the wood that the feds are focused on.

      I don't know what other wood they use on the fret boards but my Les Paul has the ebony.

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    • @Singlecoilsnap It's just a power trip..

      That's all it is just like history shows us the powers always have to show their power in this case pretty sad.

      They go after this crap when there is more problems that money can be spent on besides going into guitars shops and grabbing instruments off the walls.

      All they will do is destroy it. Yeah that makes sense.
      They do it with everything the seize they destroy it eventually..

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    • @aussite True, the high end models use ebony, but rosewood is used also.

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  • If Ted gets his guitar confiscated by the Feds in this I will Laugh my ass off and start believing in God!

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  • What do you expect from a hip-hop administration where a fucking turntable is their only solo instrument!!

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  • Musicians motto will be:

    From my cold dead, oh wait! I'll need those hands to play, here ya go.

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  • Well, leave it to Obuma and his Feds to go looken for wood.

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