Archive for the 'ATF' Category

December 01, 2014

We would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for spelling

DOJ failed at hiding its attempts to target Attkisson over fast and furious?

November 28, 2014

Fast and Furious: You can help

Judicial Watch wants to crowd-source going through the voluminous number of documents they received from the DOJ.

ATF and its fake stores

And they were found out for failing to pay rent.

November 23, 2014

ATF making up crimes

Nothing new. They’ve done it quite a lot. But a judge is bringing the heat:

“Society does not win when the government stoops to the same level as the defendants it seeks to prosecute,” he wrote. “Especially when the government has acted solely to achieve a conviction for a made-up crime.”

Also, I liked this:

But for the undercover agent’s imagination in this case there would be no crime.

November 19, 2014

ATF update on the Sig SB-15 brace

Firearms Technology Branch tells shotgun maker, Black Aces Tactical, that shouldering it may turn a gun into a short barreled shotgun. So, yes on rifles and not on shotguns?

November 04, 2014

Eric Holder dumps fast and furious documents on election eve

Not many details but 64,280 pages of documents and it’s only partial indicates we need to get rid of some paper pushers.

November 03, 2014

TICS checks for warrants

Things I did not now. A reader emailed this a bit back and was taken to task in the comments. He has since sent an update:

So I sent you the basis for the post last year, and everyone called bullshit on it in the comments. I was with Dennis@Dragon last night and he told me that in TN when the FFL does a Background Check, they do it through TICS, which coordinates with NICS, but TICS also looks for outstanding warrants. If there is a warrant, they tell the dealer to stall the buyer while they contact the local PO PO.

So that is what I saw happen last year at the show, itís not a NICS deal, but it is a TICS deal. It may be that way in some other states too.

Just wanted to give you an update!

So, not the NICS but rather Tennessee’s system.

November 01, 2014

Speaking of the accidentally approved form

Here’s a pic.

Suit challenging NFA denials for machine guns

Here’s the complaint. The plaintiff was issued an approval by mistake and now he’s suing. And some in the NFA community aren’t too pleased:

How can I donate to fight this ‘NFA lawsuit’

I have too much skin in this game to let some idiots ruin it all. No outcome from this is good for me, or other collectors I know.

Yet we’ve let a bunch of trailer dwelling keyboard commandos put us in fear of even voicing our opinions! It’s like soviet russia!! We have to toe the party line in public and say that we’d like to see our collections value evaporate overnight – some of us with six figures and more of investments – just to be able to buy some new crappy Mac-10s for $500 a piece. If we say what we really think, the mob of yokels crucifies us.

God help us when every tom dick and harry at the range can show up and blast dirt. I worked hard in my medical career to be able to own nice things that not every jackass can have. What if people could walk into the dealership and buy the classic corvette I have for $5000? Is that fair, considering mine cost ten times that? Is that acceptable to even consider allowing as an outcome?!?!

This is unacceptable. First, is there a more private board for true NFA collectors where we can discuss these issues in private? Second, what can we do to fight this? Filing ‘amicus briefs’ from our side, etc?

The circular firing squad takes aim.

ETA: Apparently, a lot of people didn’t get the tongue in cheek nature of this and the linked subguns post, which was complicated by the board deleting it. The post was even said to have been written by Bill Gates. With it gone, you didn’t see that. Sorry about that.

To those who think I wrote that, lolwut?

October 26, 2014

In ATF news


October 20, 2014

In Fast and Furious news

Rather curious, given Holder’s pseudo-resignation that his top deputy has resigned after a fast and furious gun turned up in a Phoenix crime.

And here’s the info that the Justice Department won’t give congress.

October 12, 2014

Boating accident

An ATF had one

September 24, 2014

ATF asking about internet sales on forms

From John Richardson:

It is within this context that I was surprised by a new question on the ATF Form 8 ((5320.11) Part II. This form is for the renewal of a Federal Firearms License I have circled it in the photo below. Having had my Curios & Relics FFL for going on 18 years, this will make my sixth renewal of my collector’s license. My last renewal was in 2011 and it did not have this question on it.

September 21, 2014

They’ve been doing this for years

ATF using onerous regs to shut down gun dealers? Even those with a 99.9% rate of filling out paper work correctly.

September 18, 2014

Well, they are colossal fuck ups

Legislation Introduced to Eliminate ATF

September 17, 2014


Obama’s ATF wants people to list their race on 4473s.

September 16, 2014

Dobyns v. USA

Jay Dobyns is vindicated.

Prior stuff here.

September 14, 2014

Constructive possession and Sig

Sig made a muzzle device that featured unenclosed baffles. ATF said it was a suppressor. A judge said to be a suppressor it had to actually suppress. Now, ATF is hitting the constructive possession angle, because you could enclose it.

Well, I have some PVC, wire mesh and some foam. I’m clearly in constructive possession.

September 12, 2014

ATF: Oops, we didn’t mean to approve that machine gun

So, someone took the ATF ruling that trusts aren’t people and applied to make a machine gun. ATF sent them an approved form 1. Apparently, ATF thinks this ruling only applies to some things and not others and called the guy asking him to send it back. Personally, I’d lawyer up and tell them to fuck off. I wouldn’t build the gun until talking to a good lawyer but definitely tell them to fuck off.

July 30, 2014

The ATF can just make up the law and the courts agree

The multiple rifle reporting requirement has been upheld by an appeals court. There is no basis in the law for this. He has a pen and a phone.

July 27, 2014

ATF is racist

They basically create a crime and then target minorities for the sting.

July 24, 2014

AR-15 Pistol Briefcase

Expect ATF to reconsider their SB-15 classification?

July 21, 2014

AR wear and tear

Double taps and hoping ATF doesn’t see it.

July 16, 2014

NFA regs are stupid

Yeah, pretty much:


July 14, 2014

Then why do they exist?


General Accounting Office report has found that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lacks the resources to effectively investigate one of their highest stated priorities–firearms in the hands of those prohibited by federal law from having them.

June 26, 2014

Embellishment at ATF

They have a knack for stretching the truth.

June 25, 2014

Sig v. ATF lawsuit on hold

Seems the ATF is going to actually check sound suppressors to make sure they suppress sound. Novel idea.

June 19, 2014

ATF blames gun trafficking in Chicago on threepers

Oh, really? I doubt it.

June 07, 2014

Judge to ATF: Stop making it up as you go along

Arbitrary and capricious: An interesting opinion in which a judge tells the ATF that for something to be a suppressor, it has to actually suppress sound:

A mouse is not an “elephant” solely because it has three characteristics that are common to known elephants: a tail, gray skin, and four legs. A child’s bike is not a “motorcycle” solely because it has three characteristics common to known motorcycles: two rubber tires, handlebars, and a leather seat. And a Bud Light is not “Single-Malt Scotch,” just because it is frequently served in a glass container, contains alcohol, and is available for purchase at a tavern.

And, as the judge noted, one would think that to determine if something is a silencer, ATF probably should measure the sound.

June 03, 2014

DOJ appealing decisions against ATF

Seems a couple of judges didn’t care for ATF creating criminals and struck them down for it. Well, they are appealing.

Remember, I do this to entertain me, not you.

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