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40+ Officers & ATF Agents Raid Home of Youtube Gun Personality FPSRussia

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  1. mr. sin

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    http://gunssavelives.net/blog/40-atf-agents-raid-home-of-youtube-gun-personality-fpsrussia/#



    FPSRussia is one of the most well known Youtube channels on Youtube.
    Georgia native Kyle Myers speaks with a Russian accent and demonstrates using some of rarest and most entertaining weapons on the planet.
    Myers business partner was found murdered in his office back in January.
    Police would not say if a 40+ officer raid on the actor’s home was in connection to that murder.
    Authorities said the search was for illegal explosives.
    Myers often blows up cars, refrigerators, and other objects in his Youtube videos.
    According to onlineathens.com, Federal agents, accompanied by Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and deputies with the sheriff’s offices in Franklin and Hart counties, raided the Royston residence of Myers. Authorities also raided on Tuesday the 60-acre farm of Lamar Myers, Kyle’s father, in Lavonia.
    From 921wlhr.com:
    According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, federal investigators descended on Carnesville and Hart County Wednesday with warrants.
    “On March 25th we were notified by agents with the ATF in Atlanta that they would be executing two search warrants signed by a federal magistrates,” Thomas said. “One (warrant) in Franklin County and one Hart County. I notified the Hart County Sheriff and at 9a Wednesday morning, our officers met with the ATF agents at the Franklin County location.”

    “They were conducting an investigation regarding the explosives the pair were using on their You Tube show,” Cleveland said. “They were blowing up cars and other things in Hart County on their farm. Agents were looking for explosives or anything connected to explosives that would have put them in violation of federal law.”

    “The way I understand it they were using Tannerite. It’s legal up to a certain amount and agents were looking for any violations of federal guidelines,” Cleveland said.​
    No arrests were made and authorities did not say if any explosives were found.
    The FPSRussia Youtube channel has over 3.4 million subscribers, is one of the largest channels on Youtube and is the largest gun related channel on Youtube. Myers has been in several Call of Duty video game commercials and promotions as well.
     
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    http://www.921wlhr.com/atf-agents-search-two-properties-in-connection-with-ratliff-homicide/


    New developments in the ongoing investigation into the shooting death of Keith Ratliff – the owner of FPS Industries in Carnesville.
    According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, federal investigators descended on Carnesville and Hart County Wednesday with warrants.
    “On March 25th we were notified by agents with the ATF in Atlanta that they would be executing two search warrants signed by a federal magistrates,” Thomas said. “One (warrant) in Franklin County and one Hart County. I notified the Hart County Sheriff and at 9a Wednesday morning, our officers met with the ATF agents at the Franklin County location.”
    Thomas would not say whose property was searched nor what was taken away from that property, but confirmed the searches are in connection with the Ratliff homicide investigation.
    In Hart County, Sheriff Mike Cleveland said about 50 ATF and GBI agents converged on the farm owned by FPS Russia host Kyle Myers and Keith Ratliff, which sits mainly in Hart County but also straddles about four acres in Franklin County on Misty Mill and Caney Branch Roads.
    “They were conducting an investigation regarding the explosives the pair were using on their You Tube show,” Cleveland said. “They were blowing up cars and other things in Hart County on their farm. Agents were looking for explosives or anything connected to explosives that would have put them in violation of federal law.”
    Cleveland said Myers and Ratliff were using a kind of explosives that has to be mixed together.
    “The way I understand it they were using Tannerite. It’s legal up to a certain amount and agents were looking for any violations of federal guidelines,” Cleveland said.
    Tannerite is the brand name for an ammonium nitrate/aluminum powder-based explosive used mainly for target practice. The chemicals are shipped separately and have to be combined on site.
    Cleveland said he was not sure if the search for explosives on the farm is tied to the Ratliff homicide investigation.
    On January 3rd, the body of 32-year old Keith Ratliff was found on his property off Hayes Road and Highway 320 in Carnesville. An autopsy determined Ratliff died of a single gunshot wound to the head. According to Thomas, friends found Ratliff inside his locked office.
    Ratliff worked with Kyle Myers to produce the YouTube show, FPS Russia in which Myers, who pretends to be Russian, demonstrates various kinds of weapons and explosives.
    Ratliff was also the owner of FPS Industries, a company which tested weapons and weapons parts. His death is being investigated jointly by the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, the GBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
    Since it began, authorities have remained tight-lipped on the progress of the investigation. So far, no suspects have been named in the case and investigators will not say whether they have any person or persons of interest.
     
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    Who'd a thunk it? Post videos on Youtube of blowing shit
    up and the govt has a few questions about that.
     
  4. d0uche_n0zzle

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    Wonder if they planted any listening devices or other forms of surveillance during the 'search'?
     
  5. mr. sin

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    he uses tannerite and its only illegal in az. http://www.tannerite.com/
     
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    Should have had Dick Gregory blow the stuff up.
     
  7. Lord Zero

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    That usually means no. They probably didn't find shit and the raid was a waste of time, tax money, and effort that could've gone towards fighting actual crime.
     
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    odd this search is on the heels after this vid was posted

     
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    i was wondering when they govt was gonna start breaking this legal gun owners balls. You would of think they would of done it when he posted this video

    or this one

    or this one
     
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    Why fight crime when you can just create your own criminals?
     
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    ok, can't you have fireworks in GA?
    are they not explosives?
     
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    well part of my point was that there are explosives all over the place..there.
     
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    do a search for tannerite on youtube and you will see lots of people blowing things up

    they load up some huge amounts and make some good videos of it

    not the little jars sold online
     
  15. Lord Zero

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    The good kind of fireworks are still illegal here. There used to be a blanket ban on fireworks in place.
     
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    Hold on, FPS ISNT FROM RUSSIA???

    /sarcasm
     
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    Brought to you by the department of redundancy department.
     
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    My friends and I have blown small appliances up with tannerite. It's even legal here in California, although I don't see that lasting.
     
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    Uhhh...yeeahhh..I'm gonna need you to put a cover memo on that TPS Report.
     
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    go after the easy target, its the government way
     
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    http://www.guns.com/2013/03/28/fpsrussia-home-raided-by-atf/

    The ATF served a federal search warrant at the Georgia home of the popular Youtuber FPSRussia with the intention of finding explosives on Tuesday. Investigators suspect Kyle Myers, the host of the show, might be violating federal law with what he does, to the delight of many, with explosives on Youtube.

    Federal agents, accompanied by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and deputies with surrounding counties, searched Myers’ home along with his father’s 60-acre farm, where the show is filmed, in Carnesville. However, Kitty Wandel, the producer of the show, said that it was just her at the house at the time of the raid since Myers was out of town.
    “Both Keith [Ratliff] and Kyle were sticklers for obeying the laws and would not knowingly break any. It is very common for people to use Tannerite in media both on TV and on YouTube.”
    “If it ever came to doing something outside of our legal boundaries, we would then work with someone who was legally authorized to do it in an approved location,” she said about handling guns, explosives and equipment.
    Under ATF regulations it is illegal to manufacture, sell, distribute, transport or even own explosives without a federal explosives license. However, in the FPSRussia videos Myers uses Tannerite, an explosive civilians can buy, own and use without a license.
    Tannerite is legal because it’s labeled as a binary compound, meaning a pre-packaged product consisting of two separate components. This does not fit the ATF’s definition of “Explosives.”
    When Guns.com talked to the ATF about this incident the ATF spokesman Richard Coes said he didn’t know why ATF agents suspected Myers of wrongdoing. However, he told local media that “the claim is that he was using explosives and getting paid for it via YouTube.”
    Wandel expanded on that concept saying, “It’s difficult for people to understand how [Myers] makes a living off of a monetized Youtube channel.”
    Understanding how Youtube channels make money is a mystery to a lot of people, but in a nutshell when a channel is monetized, meaning ads run on it, money comes with popularity (i.e. a lot of views). The more views, the more ads, the more ads, the more money.
    Myers is 26 years old and lives a financially comfortable life by making videos where he shoots guns and blows stuff up, or, more to the point, does stuff people want to see. The FPSRussia channel is just shy of 4 million subscribers and half a billion views.
    While Wandel wouldn’t say how successful the channel is, she did explain that “it’s not as much as our fans believe, some fans think it’s around a million [dollars], but it’s nowhere near that. It’s enough to make the videos and live comfortably.”
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    This raid comes almost three months after Myers’ business partner Keith Ratliff was found dead by a gunshot wound to the head inside his home/workshop. The two started what would be a type of firearms company called FPS Industries, but since Ratliff died the venture has fallen through.
    Wandel explained that the office Ratliff was found in, was going to be a part of a new Youtube series that would focus on what happens behind the scenes of FPSRussia.
    Whether or not the raid had anything to do with Ratiliff’s death is still up in the air. Wandel said no, Coes with the ATF didn’t know, but local authorities said the searches were in connection to Ratliff’s death but wouldn’t delve any deeper. Guns.com contacted both the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and the Hart County Sheriff’s Department, but neither offered new information.
    Although no arrests were made, Coes said that the warrant is usually the beginning of an investigation.
    Wandel said that she and Myers are in shock about all this, but are trying to help with authorities the best they can. “I offered them the accounts over a month ago,” she said due to the lack of understanding of how Youtube paid it’s directors like FPSRussia.
    “We can only hope this helps [the ATF] understand how we make our money, so it doesn’t hurt another Youtuber,” she said. “We really want to protect all the other Youtubers who [shoot guns and use Tannerite]. That would be horrible if something happened. These are the loudest, most vocal people for the gun community, I’d hate for them to be muted.”
     

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