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Feds May Seize Guitars from Rockers at Summer Concerts

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Citing a 112-year-old law called the Lacey Act, the federal government is threatening to disrupt summer concerts by seizing guitars from numerous high-profile musicians suspected of being made from illegally imported wood.

The Lacey Act makes it illegal to use woods imported in violation of another country’s laws. The major target of this initiative is Tennessee-based Gibson Guitars, one of the most recognizable names in guitar manufacturing who have created some of the most iconic instruments in rock and roll history.

Gibson has been the subject of previous raids by the Justice Department, though they maintain that their instruments are manufactured from materials obtained legally.

One rock star who never shies away from hot political topics is Ted Nugent, a Gibson aficionado who has jumped to the defense of his favorite guitar maker:

“I am the Great White Buffalo and I play an American-made Gibson guitar that can blow your head clean off at 100 paces. Now if we can just blow the head clean off the Fedzilla beast in November, this sort of government abuse will come to an end, of that I am certain.”

What would you have to say if federal agents disrupted a concert to take the guitarist’s instrument?

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