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On Wednesday, August 24th, 2011, agents for the U.S. government executed four search warrants on Gibson Guitar's facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, and seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The raids forced Gibson to cease manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day while armed agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service executed the search warrants for ebony and rosewood that was imported from India.

The federal officials claim that Gibson violated the Lacey Act, which stipulates that a company cannot import wood in a manner that's against the laws of the country the wood is coming from. However, Gibson has complied with Indian law and no concerns have been raised by the Indian government.

"Agents seized wood that was Forest Stewardship Council controlled," Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz said. "Gibson has a long history of supporting sustainable and responsible sources of wood and has worked diligently with entities such as the Rainforest Alliance and Greenpeace to secure FSC-certified supplies. The wood seized on August 24 satisfied FSC standards."

Juszkiewicz believes that the Justice Department is bullying Gibson without filing charges. This is the second time Gibson has been raided by the federal government (the first was in 2009), yet no charges have been filed and the materials confiscated on both occasions remain in federal hands.

Gibson is reaching out to all Gibson Guitar fans, Gibson Guitar dealers, artists, musicians, members of the media, bloggers, politicians and anyone who loves the guitar to sign this petition and demand:

  • The current investigation of Gibson will be stopped and brought to a fair and conclusive settlement
  • The Lacey Act will be amended to provide clear guidance on how corporations can comply
  • Consumers will not be prosecuted for owning or transporting instruments for their own use

"Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights," Juszkiewicz said. "Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of any wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence."

Support Gibson by Signing a Petition
to President Barack Obama


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GIBSON ARTISTS AND EMPLOYEES SPEAK OUT

Musicians Including Brian Wilson, Jimmy Vivino, (Conan), Jay Jay French, (Twisted Sister), and Sully Erna, (Godsmack) Respond To Armed Federal Raid
September 14, 2011

Gov’t says wood is illegal if U.S. workers produce it

The Justice department bullies Gibson without filing charges.
August 25, 2011

Gibson Guitar Corp. Responds to Federal Raid

Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., has responds to the August 24 raid of Gibson facilities in Nashville and Memphis by the Federal Government.
August 25, 2011

 

GIBSON ARTISTS AND EMPLOYEES SPEAK OUT


Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., has responded to the August 24 raid of Gibson facilities in Nashville and Memphis by the Federal Government.
Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., has responded to the August 24 raid of Gibson facilities in Nashville and Memphis by the Federal Government.

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Gibson Employee Fearful that Government Raids will Effect Jobs.
Gibson Employee Fearful that Government Raids will Effect Jobs.

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“SWAT Team” and Gibson Workers

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Federal Bureaucracy is Out of hand.

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Arrogance of Federal Power - George Matthews, Pattern Shop, Gibson Guitar Corp. and Sully Erna of Godsmack Speak Out.

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Are you criminally liable? Derek Capron, Neck Prep, Gibson Guitar Corp. and Jason Slim Gambill Speak Out.

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American Made! Jobs going overseas? Susan Berry, Electronics, Gibson Guitar Corp. and Devaon Allman Speak Out.

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Jail? Daniel Ross, Pattern Shop, Gibson Guitar Corp., Joshua Bartholomew, Susan Sandberg, Girl in a Coma, Jimmy Lloyd of Songwriter Showcase on NBC Speak Out.

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