Gibson Guitars- who I hold to be an American institution- was raided by armed federal agents last week. This is the second time in 2 years. The company still does not know the basis for the prior raid much less this latest one. Since the true reasons for the raids are sealed there is no rational explanation for this action. Some vague reasons are mentioned such as the wood used for the products was imported from India and Madagascar contrary to laws in those countries. What some are calling grey market ebony. Yet the company claims it has proper documentation for those imports. DOJ suggests Gibson knowingly skirted export laws of those countries. However, those countries are not pursuing legal claims and all impetus for pursuing the action apparently originates from the Dept. of Justice division of environmental law under their interpretation of foreign laws.
Who knows the whole story but the lack of understanding and reasoning coming out of the Justice Dept. is leaving me to think why just Gibson? Many other firms are importing these same products including other music instrument makers.
Gibson. Made in America by skilled craftsmen. Raided by armed agents of the beckoning of the DOJ (Fish and Wildlife Service for crying out loud?). What gives? This continued action by the DOJ could put them out of business. Just a FYI to keep an eye on this story.