Federal agents reach out to firearm owners affected by raid

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

April 8, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2014 at 11:08 p.m.

Customers whose firearms were seized during a raid on a Victoria gun shop may be able to get their weapons back.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are asking people affected by the raid at Garrett's Gun Vault, also known as Double D Gun Shop, 3303 N. Navarro St., No. A, to call 361-887-2400.

"They are going to have to prove ownership because we don't have a national gun registry," said Nicole Strong, senior special agent.

To do that, they must provide a receipt for the firearm. If they do not have one, they can go back to the store where they purchased the firearm and request one be re-printed.

"They (the stores) are required for life to keep those records," she said.

If the firearm that was seized was purchased from Double D Gun Shop, agents will handle those on a case-by-case basis. The agents want to get the firearms back to their rightful owners if they are not relevant to the investigation, Strong said.

The agents executed a search warrant at the shop March 13, subsequently arresting the owner, Garrett Riedesel.

Riedesel is accused of unlawfully receiving or possessing firearms that were not registered, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

At least four shotguns or rifles also did not have the required 18-inch and 16-inch barrel lengths.

Short-barreled rifles and short-barreled shotguns are among some weapons required to be registered in National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Riedesel is only licensed to deal in and manufacture firearms that are not required to be registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, according to the complaint.

The investigation is ongoing.

"They are still continuing to do quite a few interviews," Strong said. "We're never able to say (when the investigation will be finished) because you just never know. One interview may turn up three dozen leads."



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