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    Default Youtuber FPSRussia Raided by ATF and FBI

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    Dozens of federal agents scoured the family property of YouTube celebrity Kyle ‘FPSRussia’ Myers while searching for illegal explosives and possibly weapons, but left empty-handed.

    The noise made by popular YouTube channel FPSRussia – famous for destroying man-made mechanisms with the most advanced firearms – has finally been heard in federal quarters. On Wednesday, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agents accompanied by FBI agents launched an operation at two locations in Georgia, looking for illegal explosives allegedly used by FPSRussia to produce its YouTube clips.

    The ATF suspected Kyle Myers, the iconic 26-year-old host of FPSRussia, of using explosives “with malicious intent,” Onlineathens.com quoted ATF spokesperson Richard Coes as saying. Coes cited the cars, fridges and other objects that were regularly blown up on Myers’ channel.

    With nearly 4 million subscribers, FPSRussia is one of the most popular YouTube channels, and is dedicated solely to guns and shooting – and explosions. In the channel’s videos, Myers speaks with a strong Russian ‘accent’ and demonstrates the use of exotic modern and vintage weapons, or anything else that can be shot, be it a WWII Soviet submachine gun, a 50-calibur sniper rifle, a flying drone, a rocket launcher, a tank or a cannon – practically any weapon that’s still functional.

    Federal agents and sheriff’s officers raided the Georgia residence of the Myers family in Royston, as well as the 60-acre farm owned by Kyle’s father Lamar Myers in Lavonia, where FPSRussia’s famous shooting range and testing area are set up.

    No illegal explosives were found and no arrests were made, but considering the unprecedented arsenal stocked at one of the locations, the agents considered confiscating Myers’ weapons. “The idea at one of the locations was to take firearms, but they did not do that,” an ATF spokesperson said, according to Onlineathens.com.

    As was apparent in FPSRussia’s videos, Myers had used Tannerite – a patented binary explosive traditionally used as a target for firearms practice, because hitting a target is accompanied by a resulting boom. Tannerite is famous for its exceptional stability and can only explode when directly hit by a bullet – even striking it with a hammer won’t blow it up.

    The extensive use of this explosive for purposes other than shooting practice possibly put federal agents on alert for any kind of explosive that would have meant FPSRussia’s producers were in violation of federal law.

    Officially, the ATF regards FPSRussia as a commercial undertaking, because “he [Myers] was using explosives and getting paid for it via YouTube.” If Kyle Myers is doing business in explosives, the ATF believes he should have had obtained a federal explosives manufacturing license needed “to engage in the business of manufacturing explosives for sale, distribution or for their own business,” the ATF spokesperson explained.

    The raids on the Myers’ properties were staged as part of an investigation into the death of 32-year-old Keith Richard Ratliff, who was found dead on January 3. Ratliff and the Myers family were co-owners of gun producer FPS Industries; Ratliff was also executive producer of the FPSRussia channel, acquiring or creating rare weapons for the show.

    Ratliff was killed by a single bullet to the head. Though a large number of firearms were found at Ratliff’s business premises, the murder weapon was not among them. The investigation continues, and so far no names of possible suspects or persons of interest have been revealed.
    I find it hilarious that they found nothing. Though if you're going to have one of the most popular channels on Youtube where you shoot guns and blow things up, you probably better do it by the books.

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    Given the political climate in America as it relates to gun control, there's probably more to this story than is being said. There seems to be a "Blame FPSRussia" theme going on in the media (and in the opening post) here that I think is unfounded. The guy has produced vids demonstrating everything from pistols to tanks. He was used in a Machinima contest as a judge, and was present in a Call of Duty commercial.

    Something stinks here. It's not a case of him breaking the law, and they well know it. Their thought of confiscating his guns suggests this. The fact that they didn't suggests that they were worried that FPSRussia would then take to the Internet with a vid that would immediately go viral due to his popularity and cause a terrible backlash.
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    Default Re: Youtuber FPSRussia Raided by ATF and FBI

    There's definitely more to this than we're hearing. FPSRussia isn't actually a bad guy here, he's just having a little fun. And he's done it so many times, he's bound to know what's safe or not.

    Plus, did anyone else catch that the reason they were looking into his place was that his supplier was shot? His supplier. Why would anyone shoot their own supplier? That alone makes me think they're not telling us stuff.

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    Default Re: Youtuber FPSRussia Raided by ATF and FBI

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Naarghul View Post
    (and in the opening post)
    Ummm, no.

    Quote Originally Posted by GliscorMan View Post
    There's definitely more to this than we're hearing. FPSRussia isn't actually a bad guy here, he's just having a little fun. And he's done it so many times, he's bound to know what's safe or not.
    I fail to see where I or this article have said that he is the bad guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post

    I fail to see where I or this article have said that he is the bad guy.
    The fact that the both the FBI and the ATF raided his house inherently implies that he is the bad guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GliscorMan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post

    I fail to see where I or this article have said that he is the bad guy.
    The fact that the both the FBI and the ATF raided his house inherently implies that he is the bad guy.
    What does it say about me that I did not see it that way at all?
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    Default Re: Youtuber FPSRussia Raided by ATF and FBI

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by GliscorMan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post

    I fail to see where I or this article have said that he is the bad guy.
    The fact that the both the FBI and the ATF raided his house inherently implies that he is the bad guy.
    What does it say about me that I did not see it that way at all?
    *shrug* I just think the ATF has better things to do than pester YouTubers. Like maybe crack down on illegal gun ownership like they're supposed to be doing?

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    Default Re: Youtuber FPSRussia Raided by ATF and FBI

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Naarghul View Post
    (and in the opening post)
    Ummm, no.

    Quote Originally Posted by GliscorMan View Post
    There's definitely more to this than we're hearing. FPSRussia isn't actually a bad guy here, he's just having a little fun. And he's done it so many times, he's bound to know what's safe or not.
    I fail to see where I or this article have said that he is the bad guy.
    You point out,

    Though if you're going to have one of the most popular channels on Youtube where you shoot guns and blow things up, you probably better do it by the books.
    which strikes me as guilty until proven innocent. That's what I was saying.
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    Default Re: Youtuber FPSRussia Raided by ATF and FBI

    Quote Originally Posted by GliscorMan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by GliscorMan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post

    I fail to see where I or this article have said that he is the bad guy.
    The fact that the both the FBI and the ATF raided his house inherently implies that he is the bad guy.
    What does it say about me that I did not see it that way at all?
    *shrug* I just think the ATF has better things to do than pester YouTubers. Like maybe crack down on illegal gun ownership like they're supposed to be doing?
    Which is exactly why this doesn't strike me as making FPS Russia out to be the bad guy.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Naarghul View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Naarghul View Post
    (and in the opening post)
    Ummm, no.

    Quote Originally Posted by GliscorMan View Post
    There's definitely more to this than we're hearing. FPSRussia isn't actually a bad guy here, he's just having a little fun. And he's done it so many times, he's bound to know what's safe or not.
    I fail to see where I or this article have said that he is the bad guy.
    You point out,

    Though if you're going to have one of the most popular channels on Youtube where you shoot guns and blow things up, you probably better do it by the books.
    which strikes me as guilty until proven innocent. That's what I was saying.
    What I meant by that was it would be kind of dumb for him to broadcast illegal content to millions of people.
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    Default Re: Youtuber FPSRussia Raided by ATF and FBI

    the ATF probably did this to justify their budget. They figured that they would find something but had no real cause to search his home.

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