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Pro Gun Rights Activist Murdered

by: Scott Grayban Saturday, January 12th, 2013
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Keith was found shot in the head January 3 in his home-office in Carnesville, Georgia.

Authorities in Georgia are investigating the apparent homicide of a Georgia man who produced popular gun-related videos.

, was a pro gun activist who ran the FPSRussia (0) youtube channel, was found murdered by a shot in the head January 3 in his home-office in Carnesville, Georgia, about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Ratliff was co-owner of FPS Industries, whose website says it “is proud to be world leaders in product development and testing for hard use firearms shooters.” Ratliff also had his personal Youtube channel kydivemaster (0).

Investigators from many agencies — including the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — are investigating, and the GBI said Friday that they are making progress in identifying the shooter.

Several guns were found at the scene, but none of them were used to shoot Ratliff, the GBI said in a news release.

Ratliff’s YouTube channel had more than 530,000,000 views.

A producer behind a popular YouTube channel was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the head at his business last week.

Police in Georgia are investigating the apparent homicide of Keith Ratliff, a 32-year-old Franklin County resident.

It’s really heartbreaking (0), and everything I see, or any kind of memorable thing — I mean, I just break down,” Amanda Ratliff, the victim’s wife, told MyFoxAtlanta. “He had such a life to live, and such a good life to live, and things to look forward to.”

Authorities found multiple weapons at the scene of the crime (0), some manufactured by Ratliff himself, WSBTV reports. Investigators have not identified a motive.

Ratliff worked mostly behind the scenes to produce videos for the YouTube channel FPSRussia (0), a site dedicated to showcasing high-power firearms. — which commands nearly 3.5 million subscribers and has generated over 500 million page views — is one of the top 10 channels ranked on YouTube. (0)

In addition to his contributions to FPSRussia, Ratliff also worked for FPS Industries (0), a company focussing on “product development and testing for hard use firearms shooters,” according to its website. FPS Industries is located in Carnesville, Ga.

Ratliff was known as an outspoken gun advocate. In a message posted to Twitter on Aug 11, 2012, he wrote: “I went to the movies with my pistol in my pocket the whole time I was praying that somebody would try to pull a Batman!”

Kitty Wandel (0), a manager and producer for FPSRussia, released a brief statement (0) regarding Ratliff’s passing:

As it seems to be leaking out I will confirm to save more messages and questions coming to me. As I am sure most of you know Keith Ratliff has been with the FPS Russia channel for quite some time now, helping us out with everything from pulling pranks to finding almost impossible weapons to use in videos. It saddens me to confirm that he was indeed found having passed away here in Georgia on Thursday. I do ask for some privacy right now as you can imagine it has shocked us all and our main thoughts and concerns lay with his family right now. Thank you for understanding.

Ratliff had recently moved to northern Georgia for work. His wife and 2-year-old son remain in Kentucky.

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