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Gibson raid has musicians fearful of flying

The Lacey Act could allow the government to confiscate questionable instruments

Musicians are passionately bound to their instruments. The prospect that they could lose them at a border check if they can’t document the origin of every component made from a type of wood that is protected by any law, anywhere in the world is understandably terrifying. But is the fear justified?

“I’d like to say no, but this is a fluid area where very little can be taken for granted,” says Gregory Linsin, a partner at Blank Rome and a former U.S. Justice Department environmental lawyer.

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