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Max Motors targeted by ATF, banks and General Motors

Missouri car dealer Mark Muller, owner of Max Motors.

Despite the White House harassment, and the loss of financing and insurance arrangements that came in the past, the Butler, Mo., car dealer who will be giving away AK-47’s again starting in October.

“Guess what? We are doing it again! It is the Fourth Annual Great Guns and Gas Give-Away!” said Mark Muller, the owner of Max Motors, whose July 17, 2009 interview with CNN’s Carol Costello about his promotion was great publicity, but brought him unwelcome attention.

Within days of the CNN broadcast, three agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrived at the dealership, he said.

“I was not there, they identified themselves and asked who was in-charge, and everybody pointed at each other,” he said.

Undeterred, the agents demanded to see the guns, he said. When it was explained that there were no actual guns, and that the promotion was really for vouchers towards the purchase of an AK-47, the agents did not believe it.

“There was an empty gun box here from a gun dealer in North Carolina, and they took that and demanded to see the gun that came with that box,” he said. The agents also went into storage rooms and took photos.

The next day, Muller received a call from the ATF asking him to come in for a meeting with all of his personal guns, which they insisted they had to authority to order, he said. Muller held his ground and refused to submit to the audit without first going through due process.

“The ATF people were just as nice as can be. They were not mean or hateful—and finally I asked the lady on the phone: Don’t you have something better to do?” he said. He then re-explained that there were vouchers for guns and that no guns were being given away.

“She said: ‘Let me tell you how important this is, the White House started their morning with a briefing on you. We got a call from Washington, D.C. this morning. They wanted you checked out,” he said.

“That’s your big government in action. I’m a guy exercising his constitutional rights and I’m such a threat to security that the White House has to check in on me?” he said.

At the end of his conversation with the ATF agent, she threatened to raid his house to audit his personal firearms, but it never happened, Muller said.

In addition to the government, Muller said his business relationships also suffered.

“First National Bank of Kansas called and said they did not appreciate the promotion. We were cancelled instantly. ‘Never send us more paperwork: You’re done,’” he said. This was the end of three-year relationship.

“The bank told me was political: ‘What you’re doing is irresponsible—and we don’t ever want to do business with anyone like you ever again,’” he said.

“I had another business in the next county north of me here, and I got another cease and desist letter from the insurance company in Harrisonville saying they are cancelling all of my insurance immediately,” he said. “That was for a business that didn’t even involve Max Motors.”

The state of Missouri also got in on the act, he said.

“The Missouri Department of Revenue came down on Max Motors for some very petty stuff and threatened to shut me down,” he said.

“When I asked the agent if this had anything to do with my gun promotion he just smiled big and said what promotion?” he said. “He was a real jerk and this also stinks of Big Government.”

The most serious action came in a letter from Detroit, he said.

“The factory rep walked in and had a letter that said: Do to the gunning of the Jewish community center in California by a right-wing extremist,” he said. The letter directed Muller to cease and desist the AK-47 promotion immediately or General Motors, the parent of Chevrolet, Buick, GMAC and Cadillac, would revoke his dealer agreement.

When Muller asked the factory rep to see the letter, which was addressed to him and signed by then-GM Vice-Chairman and Senior Advisor Robert A. Luntz, the rep refused to hand it to him. “She said: I can’t give it to you.” But, holding it firmly, the rep allowed Muller to read it himself.

“I got Ford, Dodge, Chevy, Jeep, Buick, GMC and was Cadillac,” he said. “They took Cadillac away from me, but now they are going to give it back to me.”

Coming up in October when he brings the promotion back, Muller said he is undeterred.

“I got a great picture of an AK-47 in the newspaper. I am doing it at the Ford dealership, but I am advertising in the paper where I have my Chevy dealership, so when GM complains, I’ll ask ‘em: So, now you’re telling me what I can do at the Ford store? I tell them: I understand that Government Motors is an all-encompassing thing, but don’t you think that is a little strong?”

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  • willythegeek

    Looks like I found a new dealership, thanks

  • okiejim

    Anything to take our minds off of “Fast and Furious”.

  • Nate Tanguay

    You can also tell who they are by the heavy smell of the manly perfume they use.  They think it hides their Inferiority Complex.
    Of course they NEVER join my Warrior ranks.

  • Mike Westman

    The article is correct as indicated in the Journalist’s Guide to Firearms Identification.

  • OnGMan

    All right gun owners in KANSAS.  TIME TO STOP DOING BUSINESS with the FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF KANSAS !!!!!!!!!!!!!..  LET’s all join in now and BOYCOTT THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF KANSAS.

    Withdrawal all funds and find another BANK.  STOP BUSINESS WITH THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF KANSAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • OnGMan

    Is there anyone out there now that DOES NOT THINK THE OBAMA Administration is not out to CONTROL EVERYTHING in your LIFE.  TIME ALL YOU GUNOWNERS STOPPED VOTING DEMOCRAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DaleBret

    But the White House didn’t know about Fast and Furious?  Hard to believe!

  • forrest1942

    This current administration, nothing less than a band of ne’er-do-wells, is continuing to build on Big Government and all the authoritarian clap-trap entailing therefrom. For goodness’ sake, let us maintain and protect the rights our forefathers settled and prohibit any and all efforts to diminish those rights. A person earns freedom by being in this country and this freedom is no less than paramount to our well-being.
    No Retraction of Rights!

  • Dick1941

    THEY THREATENED TO RAID HIS HOUSE AND INVENTORY HIS PERSONAL FIREARMS??  I’m glad he stood his ground.  Firearms are the business of the Feds only if interstate commerce is involved.  They have no authority otherwise.  But,  if keep acting like sheep they will continue to usurp authority from the states little by little . Dick Cahalan

  • Dusty Sensiba

    Great article, but needs some minor copy editing.

  • buzzkill59

    When I need a new car I’ll be visiting Max whether he’s running the give away or not!

  • Figaro25

    Thank you, thank you. Best laugh I’ve had all week! And, oh so true.

  • hkp7fan

    Read “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross.

  • Nicholas Agostino

    I’m not Kidding.  I’m coming from Florida in October to buy a non-GM from him.  . 

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  • Mike Bobbitt

    I guess the so-called President expects us to believe they bring up this Max Motors in a White House Presidential briefing and the President orders an investigation and he didn’t have a clue about Operation Gun Runner that went on for over 2 yrs sending thousands of firearms to Mexican drug cartels. He is stupider than I thought.

  • Mike Bobbitt

    That is the best idea I have heard all day. These ATF agents for the most part think it’s their job to take our guns. Just pay close attention to the way they conduct themselves. Thugs. At Waco they raided instead of just showing up with a warrant. I saw one of these agents testifying before a Congressional comity.  He stated when asked why they didn’t just show up he said they only had  one plan . That was to attack like they had trained to do at Ft. Hood. I could go on and on with these stories like the man in Pennsylvania they shot full of holes in 1977.  He wasn’t guilty of anything. He was the first but sadly not the last. They want to be Gestapo. THEY NEED TO GO !

  • Casper The Magnificent

                         It is something that they DO NOT have inside. It’s called patriotism!

  • Casper The Magnificent

     No correction needed, John. Stick to football.

  • celticwaryor

    You can actually buy an AK that is made in America.  Quite possibly another reason he chose the AK for his giveaway was because of the leftist liberal’s fear of the AK-47.

  • robert g

    i believe they are  a ar-15 . that is the civilian version. only fires in semi auto mode. the m-16 can fire in full auto.

  • Tyler

    I am probably gonna get booed here, but as a FFL holder, I have had to deal with agents of the ATF on a semi regular basis, & I have never had a single one that was not courteous or professional on the highest level. While I am sure there are agents that can be jerks, I have never met one yet. Of course field agents are not politicians, so I’m sure when these types of incidents happen, it is because somewhere in Washington, someone pushed an agenda & crawled up someone else’s butt, & you know what they say about dung running down hill. So to sit here & demonize ALL agents is just wrong & a disservice to those who do their job & do it well. Please think before posting hateful comments, it makes all gun owners look like jerks.

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