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ATF Agents Raid Home of FPSRussia’s Kyle Myers

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Popular YouTube personality and firearm enthusiast Kyle Myers–perhaps better known in-character as Dmitri Potapoff on his FPSRussia channel–got an unpleasant visit by federal agents late last week. Nearly 40 law enforcement officers consisting of local deputies, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alochol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) flooded Myers’ home and office along his father’s home in Georgia.

According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the officers were looking for explosives that they believe were being used in violation of federal law. The use and manufacturing of explosives for sale or business requires a federal license, says ATF spokesman Richard Coes.

Myers uses a variety of explosives in his episodic YouTube channel, which often showcases a firearm demonstration and Myers’ unique tongue-in-cheek humor. As of March 2013, the channel had garnered over 500 million video views and is reportedly the tenth-highest ranked on YouTube based on number of subscribers. The ATF believes that the use of the explosives for commercial purposes constitutes a violation and information obtained during the search will be handed over to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The search comes nearly three months after the death of Keith Ratliff, one of Myers’ business associates. Ratliff was discovered dead in Carnesville, Georgia as a result of a gunshot wound to the head. He was previously a manager and weapons provider to the show. While Ratliff’s death is under an ongoing investigation, it has not been confirmed if the search is linked to that case.

No arrests were made and no items are reported to have been confiscated from either from Myers’ or his father’s house.

You can see a recent video from FPSRussia below:

Image screenshot of video by FPSRussia on youtube

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  • RPJ

    Sounds like BS to me. The ATF is just looking for some publicity. Shame on the locals for even joining in with those clowns.

    • Ameican, and proud of it!

      another step in the ongoing atttack on our rights… Leave the criminals, and go after those who promote our right.. Make examples, and as far as Keith goes.. same as Noveski, and Chris Kyle.. you decide..

      • BeriBeri99

        Finally was able to purchase Chris Kyle’s book, so far an interesting read, and more important helping his family survive.

        I suggest everyone purchase his book, Thank You.

        Was crappy him getting taken out by a dirt bag that will likely get off the hook with an insanity plea, or poor me i have PTSD, They need to string the guilty bast . . . from the yard arm after the Boatswain takes the Cat ‘O Nine Tails to his worthless back.

        Alright, I’ll get off my soap box now, and perhaps go down to the local pub and get some anger management . . .

        Barry PO1 USN RET

      • kktex12

        Chris was assassinated. How many members of ST 6 have died since judasbama glorified his socalled “getting” the object of American justice?

      • Texas Tanker

        I suspect that prison for life might be the safest place for the idiot who killed Chris and his friend. Too many of Chis’ brothers from the SEALs are liable to want to make this murdering swine disappear forever.
        Chris, wherever you are brother, this old armored warrior salutes you! At least the first dram of booze or sip of brew will be in your memory. May your eternal rest be in a good place.

  • HappyClinger

    Were they all wearing brown shirts?

  • Jeanette Victoria

    Sounds like bull to me just like the ATF is out of control raiding gun dealers and collector. The media doesn’t cover any of DHS illegal raids because the MSM is now in the governmental propaganda business

    • mikeym1a

      ATF seems to go out of its way to harrass gun dealers. A friend of mine, squeaky clean, jumped through all the hoops to get his FFL, had ATF holding his hand all the way. Several years later, they started demanding all this info on these purchases. It got to the point that he was unable to do any business, and he finally just gave them the license back. Even after that, they come into his business on a weekly basis to check and see if he has any guns there. They give guns to mexican narco-terrorists and make it difficult for us to get guns. ‘We’re the guvmint and we’re here to help!’

  • BigUgly666

    It’s beginning to sound like it’s time to return the favour.

  • pointdan

    Leave the kid alone, ATF . . . .

  • rebart

    They do love to dress up in their black costumes and raid people. It’s fun and games to them. That’s the mentality we’re dealing with. And you thought we couldn’t have a Gestapo or WaffenSS in this country.

    Well, if he is using explosives illegally he is a fool to do it on a video on Youtube. But, 40 gendarmes raiding one guy?

  • farrightextreme

    Они идут для нас мой друг

  • mikeym1a

    Another website suggested that this was indeed linked to the partners murder. The GBI has no clue as to who did it, and no reason to search this guy’s home, so, they turned to the ATF for help. NOTICE that NO materials were confiscated, or persons arrested. That means they found nothing! The partner came from Kentucky. Wanna bet something came back to haunt him?

  • Sonny Beaches

    Next, I guess they’re going to raid Red Jacket. They’re always blowing things up on “Sons of Guns”. An explosion is required for a good finale.

  • Brian in Chile

    Well its been five months since Halloween and these guys just need to dress up, have some fun and go scare the s*** out of somebody.

  • get

    Seems like ATF and local law enforcement could have made better use of their time by investigating the 76,000 people who had attempted to buy fire arms and were denied.

    • RSCamaro

      2010= Out of 76,142 denials- 4,732 went further to the ATF- 62 were recommended to be prosecuted- 44 actually prosecuted- 13 guilty pleas- 10 dismissed in plea agreements- the remainder went past the time of the study (http://m.startribune.com/politics/?id=189252101)

  • Ken Berns

    I’m sure Kyle’s last words to the ATF were “Have Nice Day”

  • Guest

    LET THE DEPARTMENT ADMIT TO GUN RUNNING ACROSS THE BOARDER AND NOTHING IS DONE ABOUT IT. BUT, LET A LAW ABIDING CITIZEN SHOW OFF SOME REALLY NICE DEFENSE WEAPONS, AND THEY ARE ON HIM LIKE FLIES ON SHITE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/whisper.atnight.5 Whisper Atnight

    LET THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ADMIT TO GUN RUNNING ACROSS THE BOARDER AND NOTHING IS DONE ABOUT IT. BUT, LET A LAW ABIDING CITIZEN SHOW OFF SOME REALLY NICE DEFENSE WEAPONS, AND THEY ARE ON HIM LIKE FLIES ON SHITE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/whisper.atnight.5 Whisper Atnight

    ONE OF THE QUESTIONS REMAINING IN THE HOLDER CASE IS WHO DID THEY PURCHASE THE WEAPONS FROM. AS I RECALL, RIGHT AFTER THIS BROKE NEWS, TWO GUN MANUFACTURES CAME UP DEAD. ONE REPORTED COMMITTED SUICIDE, THE OTHER SUPPOSE TO HAVE HAD AN ACCIDENT RUNNING INTO A TREE. NOW, I AM NOT SURE WHO THIS IS THAT THE ARTICLE IS REFERRING TO THAT WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD.

  • http://www.facebook.com/whisper.atnight.5 Whisper Atnight

    ITS TIME TO STOP BLATHERING AND START IMPEACHMENTS NOW!!

    • http://twitter.com/dlister Dave Lister

      Go home caps lock, you’re drunk.

      • http://www.facebook.com/whisper.atnight.5 Whisper Atnight

        I DONT DRINK BUT HAVE A MEDICAL EYE CONDITION. AND, MAYBE SOMEONE NEEDS TO FEEL LIKE YELLING. BECAUSE NO ONE SEEMS TO BE LISTENING!! THEY ARE ACTING LIKE A BUNCH OF DUMB F***ERS. Oh my, gosh darn, what are we going to do? What can we do? We are helpless GOATS with no savior.

  • Lougjr1

    My wife says, what, Gestapo, KGB raiding your house. That could never happen in this country ! OH no? We don’t have a communist under every chair . Oh no ? My wife is a Democrat. ” They just don’t get it ” Quote !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.henry.3572 Jim Henry

    The atf should be arresting the dicks in the doj for the fiasco in Mexico regarding fast and furious. This guy has the best entertainment on the net. Just some more of the jackoffs and jokers in the obama administration.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.hamby.56 Keith Hamby

    They are trying to make anybody that is pro firearms or shows others interest in firearms villains and criminals. Those deputies that accompanied the feds must be ignoring they Georgia sheriffs association and their stance on this subject.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carldimaria Carl DiMaria

    Listen kid dont let them mess you around. Get a lawyer and sue them. they are going after our freedom, and our rights.

  • CAM

    No sense in going after guns in Chicago – probably way too dangerous for the ATF!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Frasier/100002862385870 George Frasier

    Almost sounds like another “Ruby Ridge” in the making. ( MORE to come in the near future) )> As per Ruby Ridge – ATF agents shot Mrs. Weaver in the face while holding an “attack baby”, after surrounding the house at night.

    • FIRE1949

      …Wounded Knee, Ruby Ridge, Waco, all tyrannical liberal attacks on our Constitution and rights. I was disappointed when the “intelligent” liberals found out about the patriots’ secret “attack baby” project. I hope the libs don’t find out about “fuzzy attack bunny” experiment.

      • FlameCCT

        They already know about the “fuzzy attack bunny”. Jimmy Carter claimed to be attacked by it while fishing in the middle of a lake.

  • FlameCCT

    “The ATF believes that the use of the explosives for commercial purposes
    constitutes a violation and information obtained during the search will
    be handed over to the U.S. Attorney’s office.”

    This is Federal Government legalese for “We didn’t do our homework and check for things like licenses, etc. We didn’t find anything illegal therefore we will bury the accusation in the US Attorney’s office.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1409736864 Michael Battenfield

    Jack-boot thugs. Welcome to the “New World Order”, signed, sealed, and delivered by Barack Hussein Obama…

  • http://twitter.com/RightFolks BFolks

    They couldn’t just stop by and ask him to see what he has and what permits he does or doesn’t have. They had to take it to the limit. Jack booted thugs is right!

  • Fernando Hernandez

    They should raid the White House and Holders Office instead, Gun running to Mexican cartels is Highly illegal and has even killed Americans on this side of the Border, as well as thousands of Mexicans on their side of the Border. Myers has not Run Guns anywhere and has very probably only killed a few mosquitoes that were in the way.

  • Spike

    One hell of a lot of fun!

  • Old Texian

    Didn’t the ATF learn anything back in the ’80s & ’90’s? I guess Holder must be pushing them to find something on anyone..like following women home from gun shows…oh yeah, they already did that too!

  • Mike

    If the use of explosives while making a profit is a violation of some inane federal law; then , why are they raiding Hollywood? The movies industry makes millions every year off of movies that use explosives in them. I am sorry, Hollywood stars and producers give bundles of money to Obama and the rest of the liberal democrats so that they can harass and intimidate the rest of us.

    • Mike

      I meant to say, “Why aren’t they raiding Hollywood?”