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More on the Sabre Defence Raid


The company released a statement saying one or more employees may have obtained and resold some items without appropriate licenses. The company says it’s cooperating in the investigation.

Copy of actual presser at subguns:

NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 17, 2010 – Sabre Defence Industries LLC, an established manufacturer of firearms and weapon systems to the United States military, state and local law enforcement, and worldwide commercial markets, is fully cooperating with federal agents in an ongoing investigation into potential criminal misuse of certain non-saleable firearms produced by Sabre and purchased by some its employees. Sabre has received information that employee(s) involved in inventory control may have obtained and re-sold some items without appropriate licenses. Sabre is and has been cooperating with federal agents in this investigation.

Sabre has more than 120 employees in its Nashville plant. Sabre’s biggest customer is the United States military. Sabre products used by United States armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan include .50 caliber barrels and components of the M2 Browning machine gun, 7.62 mm mini-gun barrels, and M-16A3 and A4 rifles. Sabre is the only non-public company in the world ever to be awarded a contract for a military spec M-16 rifle. Sabre is dedicated to continuing to provide high quality firearms to the United States military, state and local law enforcement, and Sabre’s commercial customers.

7 Responses to “More on the Sabre Defence Raid”

  1. lance Says:

    Wow! Seems like they would be better off investigating those individuals rather than shutting down a business and confiscating their inventory (if that’s indeed what the semi-truck backed up to the loading dock was for).

    But… The BATF doesn’t think in terms of what’s best for a business, it’s customers, or the citizenry; only what makes them look good in a congressional report somewhere.

  2. jo Says:

    I’m with Lance….I know someone who works at Sabre and they get the call that they are shut down and who knows for how long.
    It’s not fair to those honest employees that they are losing pay because of some idiot(s)

  3. The Packetman Says:

    Me three …..

    If ATF is looking at current inventory, those items have demonstrably not been stolen.

    And it’s truly unforunate that no political pressure can be brought to bear from TN.

  4. democratsarefascists Says:

    Typical ATF Nazi thuggery and overkill.

  5. Tam Says:

    I should have placed a bet.

  6. Shootin' Buddy Says:

    This is like a game of Clue.

    My guess, Cledus Lee Longstreet Lee, with a laptop case in the loading dock.

  7. mariner Says:

    It could have been worse.

    They could have staged an armed assault on the place, as they did once before when they wanted some publicity.

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