Andrew Clyde, Gun Store Owner, Rep-Elect

By Faye Higbee

Navy combat veteran Andrew Clyde ran a successful campaign in Georgia’s 9th District against 8 other Republicans. As a gun store owner, he is most definitely a 2nd Amendment supporter. He is also one of the few incoming Congress members who have had legislation named after him before he arrived in Washington. He has taken on the Federal Government before …and won.

Conservative Navy Combat veteran

Andrew’s career in the Navy began after he earned his commission as an officer from the University of Notre Dame. He then spent the next 28 years of his life in service to our country including three combat deployments to Kuwait and Iraq. During his service, he earned a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal w/Marine Corps Combat Operations Insignia, Iraq Campaign Medal, Expert Rifleman Medal, Expert Pistol Shot Medal, and multiple other medals.

Clyde for Congress website

Clyde Armory and government overreach

He campaigned on the “complete elimination” of the background check system established by the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. The law requires FBI criminal history checks on individuals before gun purchases in an effort to prevent felons, domestic abusers, drug addicts and those adjudicated as mentally unfit from purchasing a gun.

Clyde said coronavirus lockdowns further exposed the broken federal system. His business, Clyde Armory, “had to turn away hundreds of customers” during the pandemic because the FBI background checks were backed up due to state office shutdowns, putting many people in “limbo,” he said…

…But during the pandemic, the “government simply ignored that [three-day rule] completely,” Clyde said. Background checks are only good for 30 days. So when results took more than a month, they were already invalid and the prospective buyer had to start the process all over again, Clyde said.

“It is completely broken,” Clyde said of the background check system. “It puts the federal government between the Constitution and the individual in a way that denies the person their individual constitutional right. That’s not right.”

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Note here that he is well aware of the desire to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally challenged – he says there needs to be more negotiation on how to do that without destroying a Constitutional right.

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Asset Forfeiture and the IRS debacle

In 2012, Andrew Clyde butted up against the IRS and the Bank Secrecy Act. Banks are required to report any deposits of $10,000 or over, as well as patterns of deposits that are slightly below that level. Clyde’s deposts were legally obtained, but in 2013, the IRS seized $940,313 out of his business, which essentially drained all of his assets. And they refused to give it back, even offering him a deal that would see them keeping $325,000 of it. He stood up to them.

“I have three combat tours in Iraq and Kuwait. I was probably never more scared in my life than when those IRS agents left my conference room on that day on April the 12th because I had no idea how to fight them.”

Andrew Clyde to Fox
Screenshot of Fox video in 2015

Clyde took them to court and won, along with two other citizens who also had asset forfeitures. All of them testified in Congress against the IRS in 2015. Six years later, in 2019, President Trump signed the Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers RESPECT Act which prohibits the IRS from seizing legal deposits. It should be noted here that this occurred under the Obama administration, when the IRS was weaponized against ordinary Americans.

Andrew Clyde is now focused on his constituents and government overreach, since he’s experienced it firsthand.

“I never intended to run for public office, but this experience showed me there is a very thin line between ‘We the People’ running our government and our government running us. This is the fight of our lifetime, and I personally experienced the brutality of it so I won’t back down.”

Clyde4Congress website

Well said, Mr. Clyde

*****

Featured photo: Screenshot via Fox News, 2015

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