This sounds like a dramatic take on a few counts of what amounts to tax evasion. Nothing these guys had was illegal. They just didnt pay the tax on it. Yeah, a crime, but they even admit these guys werent doing anything malicious. If they were selling DDs to undercover agents, that would probably be at the top of every press release. I've seen far too many "big ATF cases" completely fail (like 80% receiver guy) to trust them anymore. It seems like most of their raids are founded on charges they know to be BS so they can go on a fishing expedition. These lightly supported fishing expeditions are only slightly less harmful than the writs of assistance that we abolished with the 4th amendment. Someone should do a statistical study of the frequency with which crimes are put in affidavits and the frequency with which those crimes end up in charges and convictions. I dont think it would be too difficult to make a case that a significant portion of US laws are not enforced per se but used as fodder for search warrants.