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    From Paul Garfield GOA Michigan Representative:

    BATF Adds Theft To Its Crimes

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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    Friday, October 17, 2008

    Coloseum Software Corporation has developed software that will help dealers record all of the information that is unconstitutionally required by the federal government -- and to keep that information in a way that insulates them from bogus prosecutions at the hands of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (aka The Gang).

    The document that is most often involved in "gotcha" injustices is the Form 4473 which all customers must fill out when buying from a licensed federal firearms dealer -- a requirement that is yet another unconstitutional imposition by the feds.

    One of the favorite tricks of the BATFE has been to pounce on trivial customer errors such as writing "Blto" instead of "Baltimore" on the 4473 Form. One dealer supposedly showed his willfulness in breaking the law when his clerks missed some sixty-plus instances when customers tried to "sneak" Blto past those eagle-eyed inspectors from The Gang.

    While this does nothing to fight crime, it has allowed The Gang to reduce the ranks of dealers by some 85 percent since the Clinton presidency.

    The genius of Coloseum's software is that it allows a dealer to walk a customer through the Form 4473 without making a single mistake. With an electronic signature, the computer's form can be printed, providing a perfect 4473 available for The Gang to inspect.

    A foolproof way of filling out the 4473 would reduce the number of dealers put out of business. That's the advantage of using the Coloseum software. So Coloseum approached the BATFE several months ago to discuss its plans to release the first eForm 4473. The company wanted to make sure that it was complying with all applicable federal laws and get the agency's approval for the product.

    The BATFE wanted to see the details of the program, which left the directors at Coloseum a bit hesitant, as companies are reticent to expose the details of a product before it's released to the market place. No problem, Coloseum was told. The agency would protect the details of their product. Well, that was a lie. The Gang assigned a liaison, Ms. Melinda Whitworth, to work with Coloseum. She dealt with the company for several weeks, asking many detailed questions. Again, Coloseum was led to believe that, if they worked with Ms. Whitworth, they would get approval for their product.

    Well, one of the Gang's representatives called for a meeting with Coloseum -- a meeting which took place earlier this month. It was at that meeting that Coloseum was told by an ATF agent that, "The BATF is in the process of creating our own technologies."

    Coloseum asked for clarification -- did that mean that BATFE was developing its own software, similar to Coloseum's? "Yes" was the response. James LaMonte, the CEO and founder of Coloseum Software Corp. was dumbfounded. "As a small business owner, I never would have thought that our biggest competition was the United States Government," he told Gun Owners of America.

    After all, the IRS does not publish a "government version" of Turbo Tax. It's private companies that produce such products for public use. The Gang, as it is so apt to do, was once again trampling on the little guy.

    Oh, and what about their "liaison," Ms. Whitworth? At the recent meeting, Coloseum found that Ms. Whitworth -- who was supposedly helping the company get ATF approval of its software -- was in charge of the team that is developing the copycat software at ATF. Ms. Whitworth even had the effrontery to apologize for not having developed a product as good as Coloseum's.

    Here is the bottom line. If The Gang gets their software out to dealers (probably for "free") before Coloseum gets to market, then the government's stolen version of the software is public domain. No one would ever need to buy Coloseum's intellectual property.

    Coloseum is sending a free copy of its product to dealers so they can install the software on their store computer. If dealers need additional copies for a second or third computer, they can buy additional copies, as well. Hopefully, dealers will pounce on this opportunity.

    What Coloseum is doing is unprecedented. And so, it seems, is the blatant thievery brazenly carried out by The Gang.

    If dealers decide they just want to use the Bureau's software, they should first consider that they will be getting a much inferior product. Moreover, The Gang's software means that the government will have unrestricted access to all of the dealer's business records because it will allow "back door" access by the ATF. This kind of untrammeled access of all dealer records would not be possible with Coloseum Software.

    It is long overdue that President Bush clean house at the BATFE. He needs to fire the Acting Director of the Bureau and command that employees destroy their stolen property.

    ACTION: Please send the email message below, urging the President to rein in the BATFE.

    You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send the President the pre-written message below. You can also contact the President using any of the following mediums:

    Comments: 202-456-1111
    Switchboard: 202-456-1414
    FAX: 202-456-2461

    E-mail: president@whitehouse.gov

    ---- Pre-written letter ----

    Dear President Bush,

    Gun Owners of America has told me of the outrageous theft of intellectual property that has been perpetrated by the BATFE against Coloseum Software Corp. Please fire Acting Director Michael Sullivan and command the Bureau to destroy all copies of their stolen software. The BATFE is an agency out of control. Please take charge and rein them in.

    Sincerely,
    An Amazon best seller "MY PARENTS OPEN CARRY" http://www.myparentsopencarry.com/

    *The information contained above is not meant to be legal advice, but is solely intended as a starting point for further research. These are my opinions, if you have further questions it is advisable to seek out an attorney that is well versed in firearm law.

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    I read this story on here tuesday. Wednesday in my programming class my teacher was discussing this story because of the intellectual property right laws it violates. It stunned me to hear him discuss how the ATF disgusted him for those actions especially because he is very anti-gun. I guess his programmer side is stronger than his anti-gun side.

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    the liberal computer geeks in my family are having fun with this they think it is alright for the government to steal " for the greater good " . I think it's wrong and should be prosecuted .

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    dukenukum wrote:
    the liberal computer geeks in my family are having fun with this they think it is alright for the government to steal " for the greater good " . I think it's wrong and should be prosecuted .
    While I disagree with the statement by your family anyway, this isn't even creating any "greater good"

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    I just plain don't like the sound of digitital 4473 forms. Paper forms can be tossed by the dealer if there is ever a war or something and the dealer wants to protect his customers. Computer files tend to be easy to access.
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    Michigander wrote:
    I just plain don't like the sound of digitital 4473 forms. Paper forms can be tossed by the dealer if there is ever a war or something and the dealer wants to protect his customers. Computer files tend to be easy to access.
    Not to mention that they are easier to access by unauthorized individuals. Wasn't much ID theft before the computer age.

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    SQLtables wrote:
    dukenukum wrote:
    the liberal computer geeks in my family are having fun with this they think it is alright for the government to steal " for the greater good " . I think it's wrong and should be prosecuted .
    While I disagree with the statement by your family anyway, this isn't even creating any "greater good"
    me too I am the "great Satan " in the family since my dad died about 3 years ago ( hey a promotion from prince of darkness ) .
    at the family reunion ( read here liberal festival ) I was told to vote / believe the way I was told ( like that will happen ) or else . oh well my need for family is over rated any way .

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