After a little research, here’s a bit more. And I should correct my last post, I didn’t realize or recall that Koresh didn’t establish the Branch Davidians but became their leader. Not sure how he influenced their beliefs.
I also didn’t remember that the prior arrest for attempted murder was during a time he was already in the Davidians.
"Was Koresh’s invitation valid? Would he have cooperated with federal agents without a warrant? Or, later, could a warrant have been served without massive violence by both sides? The indications are that Koresh was sincere, and that there was no need for violence, even if Koresh were in violation of federal gun laws. He had, after all, submitted without incident to an earlier arrest and seizure of guns for attempted murder in 1987. The district attorney at the time “recalled, ‘We had no problems’ with arresting the Davidians. The sheriff and a deputy simply called Koresh and told him that charges were pending and that he and his associates would have to turn themselves in and surrender their weapons. Deputies went to the compound and the suspects readily complied.” (Lee, 1993a:23)
The Treasury cover-up essentially denies any such cooperation occurred, noting that the initial arrest was at the incident, and asserting: “There was, in fact, no evidence that Koresh was prepared to submit to law enforcement authorities or that he had done so in the past.” (U.S. Dept. of Treasury, 1993:135) The chronology provided with that report, however, notes that Koresh visited the Waco social services agency on request regarding allegations of unlawful child abuse (U.S. Dept. of Treasury, 1993:Appendix D-3 and D-4); in addition, he was visited at least twice in 1992, and continued to have telephone contact with the investigator."