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Why? Kesselrings gun store BATF closure?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Keb, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Keb

    Keb Well-Known Member

    Big and good gun shop S of Bellingham WA 65 years old being forced to close.

    Owner under BATF order not to talk and say why.

    Does anyone here know anything?

    Link at skagit valley hearld.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2013
  2. Midwest

    Midwest Well-Known Member

    Don't know why they were closed by the BATF, was it permanent or temporary? . Maybe there is an ongoing investigation where they need to audit the store before they are allowed to open up again. Are there any links to the story?
  3. JellyJar

    JellyJar Well-Known Member

  4. Gun Geezer

    Gun Geezer Well-Known Member

    I heard about it from a bud that lives up that way. He got it first hand from the owners. They're closing as forced by the BATF.
  5. Russ in WY

    Russ in WY Active Member

    Kesselrings Closing ... Fact...

    Just got off the phone with along time co-worker & friend that lives about 10+ miles from that store . It is happening , don't have an exact date , however it is True. Rumor around the area is that there record keeping of guns in & out weren't up to snuff . Happened B-4 & they were fined by BATF, happened again & this time they are closing the Door's ... Was a fine place to shop , did so myself for many yrs B-4 I moved to WY. in 2000... My 2ยข .. Russ.
  6. Fn-Scar 17 s

    Fn-Scar 17 s Active Member


    sound's very black helicopter's but we live in the age of "oh crap:what: those crazies where actually right about that:uhoh:?" so what do I know
  7. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member

    It's on their facebook page:

  8. dogtown tom

    dogtown tom Well-Known Member

    ATF doesn't have the authority to gag a licensee. More likely it's the store owners own attorney who said not to talk about the case.
  9. Boxhead

    Boxhead Well-Known Member

    Whatever the truth the place is/was an institution. One I bought a fair bit of odd kit from. I wish them well.
  10. homatok

    homatok Well-Known Member

    When I lived on the B C coast, Kesselrings was where I used to go to shop for my reloading components! When it became apparent that the &*%@#*% Liberals were going to screw Canadian gun owners I made several trips to stock up before the idiot politicians acted. I am sorry to hear they have trouble with one of your government agencies. They were a great place to deal with (while I could)!
  11. HexHead

    HexHead Well-Known Member

    That's exactly what happened to Gun City in Nashville, one of the oldest gun stores in town. Three strikes and they were out. Over 1000 guns weren't properly accounted for, from the newspaper reports. They're still around, selling accessories and they have a range. Someone smart opened a gun store right next door.

  12. Wyatt

    Wyatt Well-Known Member

    Tough to imagine Kesselring not selling guns anymore; my family has been shopping their since Ron's dad Clarence started the business.

    From what I understand, they had MANY guns not accounted for! I'm hearing the store will remain open and sell just about everything, but guns....scopes, ammo, reloading supplies etc. No gunsmithing! My guess is Don will run it! I believe Keith is working on opening a shop/indoor range in Burlington that will sell guns.

    As many know, they are a very large wholesaler and police department seller and this will be a huge loss for the departments they serviced. A friend also told me that they have lost the Glock license, so this could be a huge loss considering their affiliation with LE.

    I hope everything I've heard is wrong and it's just a bad dream!
  13. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

  14. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    It is sad to hear of another beloved, long time FFL closing their doors. We just had one shut down near us that had been in business forever.

    The crazy thing is that one turned out to have had an even worse track record. Just shocking that they let things get as bad as they did. While none of us agree with the existence of the ATF, or the laws it is enforcing, when the deeper story comes out and it reveals many years of warnings and thousands (or tens of thousands, in the case up here) of violations including missing guns and sometimes even sketchier stuff, well it makes you wonder how they didn't see it coming and move heaven and earth to fix it before the hammer fell.

    From a selfish perspective, it is very sad to see another pillar of the local gun community fall, and you could be forgiven for saying they owed it to the community to keep their house in some respectable semblance of order.
  15. loose noose

    loose noose Well-Known Member

    Now how many violations came about during the "Fast & Furious" agenda put on by the DOJ, hmmm their still in business though.
  16. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Unfortunately it's an "apples and oranges" comparison because the apples hold all the power.
  17. TRX

    TRX Well-Known Member

    > That's exactly what happened to Gun City in Nashville, one of the
    > oldest gun stores in town. Three strikes and they were out. Over
    > 1000 guns weren't properly accounted for,

    That's sad... but the ATF inventory regulations aren't all that complicated, and they'll answer questions promptly if you can be bothered to call or email them.
  18. Ken70

    Ken70 Well-Known Member

    Same thing happened to "The Traders" in San Leandro, Ca. Biggest gun dealer in Cali, records were a disaster and they go closed down 12 years ago. You'd think the owners would do a surprise inventory every couple of months to make sure none of the guns are walking out the back door.
  19. Midwest

    Midwest Well-Known Member

  20. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    What we are seeing is a crackdown by a Anti gun lame duck President and his appointed henchmen.

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