An Oklahoma man is claiming that his Second Amendment rights were violated after federal agents confiscated his firearms earlier this year.
Derek Lamont Alexander Jr., 29, of Tulsa told The Oklahoman in a recent interview that a post on social media, critical of President Trump, precipitated the visit from the feds on June 18.
“It’s completely not fair,” said Alexander. “They violated my rights. … I shouldn’t have even opened the door since they didn’t have a warrant.”
Alexander posted a cartoon image of Trump in a casket (see above) with the caption, “One million tickets sold and the Simpson’s have never been wrong” to Facebook.
The young man believes this image is what caught the attention of the Secret Service and the FBI.
“That’s what they told me. That’s exactly what they told me,” he said. “They were like, ‘Well, you could see how we could perceive it as a threat.’ I’m like, ‘It’s a cartoon that I didn’t draw.'”
The image is an internet fabrication that never appeared on the popular animated sitcom. As for Alexander’s caption, he says it was in reference to a Trump rally in the city that some argued would lead to the spread of COVID-19.
Alexander brushed it all off as a joke, saying that he likes to “make fun of everything.”
“I like to troll people on the internet,” he added. “I don’t have nothing against the guy personally.”
Clearly, the government didn’t see it that way.
Complicating matters for Alexander is that he had outstanding warrants in Bell County, Texas for tampering with a government record, giving false ID information, and resisting arrest.
The warrants, from 2012, were a result of him trying to purchase alcohol while under the legal age of 21, according to Alexander.
“All it was was because I wanted alcohol. That was it. I’m not a bad person,” he said.
The government tells a slightly different story in that Alexander was initially a target because he was carrying firearms at a Black Lives Matter protest.
“Alexander was seen with a group of people walking down Peoria Ave in Tulsa, Oklahoma carrying firearms,” the special agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives wrote in a court affidavit.
The footage from the protest Alexander live-streamed to Facebook.
When members from the Secret Service, the ATF and a Tulsa police officer showed up at his door on June 18th, they seized two pistols, three magazines and 57 rounds of ammunition along with some marijuana.
Alexander was told “that he needed to get his warrants taken care of … and that under federal law marijuana is still a prohibited substance,” per the affidavit obtained by The Oklahoman.
GunsAmerica reached out to the ATF in an effort to get more information on the incident as well as a copy of the affidavit. We will update the article when we know more about the circumstances surrounding the seizure of Alexander’s firearms.