Archive for the 'ATF' Category

September 11, 2018

More NFA silliness

People put forth a lot of time and effort in getting around NFA laws. The latest is the bicep brace:

Basically, because some gun laws ban things “that are shouldered”, this, and the arm braces before them, get around the whole shouldering thing. It’s ATF approved.

More info here.

August 27, 2018

But muh iron pipeline

It’s often asserted by the anti-gun side that guns used in crimes in states with strict gun control mostly come from out of state. In fact, the anti-gunners made up the term “iron pipeline” to refer to this. Turns out:

ATF finds nearly half of guns traced last year in Maryland were bought locally

August 21, 2018

ATF claims there’s no database

From a poster at subguns.com:

send a FOIA request to ATF for the registration history of my pre-86 MGs, just in case. Included the address for NFA branch and my serial and model numbers in the request, just in case my request was assigned to an idiot.

Got a response today, signed by the head of the disclosure division, clearly, unambiguously, and twice stating that ATF has not maintained any data on any registration of any firearms since 1979, none, and since ATF has no firearms registration data, at all, my request is denied.

I’d like to see the FOIA. I’m not an expert on NFA firearms law but, as I understand it, ATF maintains the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. If there saying there is no such record, that would be kind of a big deal.

August 16, 2018

Las Vegas shooting stuff

Apparently, ATF was not allowed to inspect the shooter’s weapons. This, according to Len Savage, is not good:

ATF did not disclose that they had not examined the firearms prior to promulgating the rule, firearms designer and Historic Arms, LLC President Len Savage notes. And now that the comment period is closed should they go forward with this rule under the Administrative Procedure Act that information can not be used in a court challenge because it was not submitted prior to closing of comments.

DOJ is manipulating the APA to make sure that information will NOT be used to shoot down the rule, Savage concludes. Does ATF prosecute its firearms cases like it promulgates rules, without ever looking at the evidence? ATF is currently attempting to criminalize an industry and a large swath of the population and NEVER looked at any evidence? They claim they were not allowed’? By whom?

August 07, 2018

Most of you probably know this

But in case you don’t: The ATF Explains the Law Surrounding 3D-Printed Guns

Hint, there really aren’t any.

July 30, 2018

Another oddity of current gun laws

ATF has determined that bolt action .50 caliber upper receivers for AR-15s are firearms. Technically, I don’t think they are wrong.

June 27, 2018

Bump stock rule change

Today is the last day to comment on the proposed changes. You can comment here.

ATF is looking like it will reverse it’s 10 previous rulings that these are not machine guns, at the direction of Trump and Sessions. And they’re doing so by disregarding the law.

June 21, 2018

More stellar performance from ATF

ATF Agent gets Probation for Sneaking into Female Restrooms to take Pictures

What’s with these guys?

June 13, 2018

Weaponized government

Barack Obama weaponized the government for use against his political opponents. The IRS, Operation Chokepoint, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, etc. He was, of course, planning on handing that over to Hillary. Oops.

Apparently, weaponizing the government is just what democrats do: Unable to Ban Guns, Lawmakers Want to Weaponize the ATF Against Gun Dealers

As to their big plan:

Ostensibly, the “Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act” (a name that maintains the congressional tradition of pompous bullshit) is aimed at “gun dealers who engage in illegal sales practices,” which is to say it’s supposed to make it more illegal to do illegal stuff. This isn’t a new practiceRepresentatives Ted Deutch (D Fla), Jim Langevin (D R.I.), and Gwen Moore (D Wis.) are hardly alone among lawmakers in thinking that what the country with the highest incarceration rate in the world (although we should take a few countries’ official numbers with a grain of salt) needs is more people behind bars. And these three are also in good company in thinking that augmenting legal penalties with arbitrary harassment is the key to a better world.

Let’s make it illegaler!

May 24, 2018

ATF says “overall length” is when it’s folded

In a reversal of past interpretation, they are now saying guns with braces on folding stocks are Any Other Weapons.

ATF can’t keep the gun laws straight.

May 22, 2018

Bump stock stuff

The CSM: With lack of incentives, few Americans are giving up their bump stocks

Why would they?

Of course, if the proposed federal ban on them, in which the bureaucracy is making up law from nothing, goes through, a lot more people will be ex post facto criminals.

IIRC, after ATF arbitrarily decided to ban the Akins Accelerator, they got a warrant for the sales records from the company. Then mailed letters to those who had purchased them to remove a spring. So, did you buy a Slidfire? They’ve shut down by the way. I did. Did you pay cash? I didn’t. So, I imagine at some point in the future, presuming the ban goes through, I’ll get such a letter.

I plan on turning mine over to my attorney while we discuss legal options.

April 04, 2018

If ATF were held to standards they hold dealers to . . .

ATF lost track of at least 31,000 rounds of ammo.

March 19, 2018

Good

But I doubt it will go anywhere: Yes, The ATF ARE Investigating The Dumb Anti-Gun Virginia Candidate Who Sawed The Barrel Of An AR-15

I’m skeptical

The Justice Department wants more money so ATF can process NFA paperwork faster. And I’m sure the always think forfeiture crowd will only use the money for that.

March 06, 2018

Enforcing the laws on the books

New Gun Bill Would Mandate Reporting of Buyers Blocked by Background Check:

A bipartisan group of senators today unveiled legislation requiring federal authorities to notify state law enforcement officials when a person barred from purchasing a gun attempts to do so.

Shouldn’t they maybe inform the ATF?

February 21, 2018

I’m sure the ATF will get right on this

Some idiot decided to destroy his AR-15 after the Florida shooting to keep a gun off the street or something. The problem for this guy is that he just cut the barrel. That gun can still fire. But it won’t cycle. So he has, inadvertently, made a short barreled rifle, which is illegal.

At least this other idiot did it right.

February 14, 2018

ATF determinations from the future

I laughed. That that could be a serious philosophical exercise shows how silly gun regulations and laws are.

February 08, 2018

Grassroots v. astroturf

The Trace, on noting that only 13% of respondents to ATF’s bumpstock request support gun control, gets a little butthurt:

The results of our analysis showcase a paradox of the gun debate. While widespread public support exists for many gun regulations and policies from bump stocks to background checks pro-gun advocates are significantly more active than their counterparts when it comes to engaging politicians and government agencies.

That’s because our side actually has a grassroots movement. You don’t. People are passionate about rights. Less so about infringing on them.

February 05, 2018

Person of interest in Vegas shooting

Charged with selling armor piercing ammo to the shooter. Looks more like a technical sort of violation and not any ill intent.

They have to do something. This is something. So it must be done.

January 23, 2018

Government shutdown

Means the ATF didn’t attend SHOT. Heh.

January 22, 2018

How about stripping the whole thing?

The Trump admin plans to strip the alcohol and tobacco enforcement powers of ATF.

January 09, 2018

Security cameras

Heh

January 02, 2018

ATF seeking comment on making it up as they go

The ATF has proposed a rule to ban bump stocks at the Federal Register. They would like comments from industry types and gun owners. You can submit your comment here.

December 23, 2017

Making it up as they go for political posturing

The ATF is looking to classify bump stocks as machine guns:

Tomorrow, ATF will publish an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the application of the definition of machinegun to Bump Fire stocks and other similar devices. As many have feared, it appears that the regulatory agency is soliciting information to help draft a rule which may potentially lump bump fire stocks, binary triggers, etc., within the definition of machinegun.

The law is the law until they say it’s not.

December 05, 2017

The banned played on

Justice and ATF are looking to ban bump stocks:

Possessing firearm parts that are used exclusively in converting a weapon into a machine gun is illegal, except for certain limited circumstances, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said in a joint statement. Today we begin the process of determining whether or not bump stocks are covered by this prohibition.

That whole Vegas shooting thing has really dropped of the radar, hasn’t it? Wonder why.

November 01, 2017

Bipartisan bill to regulate bump stocks

The Closing the Bump Stock Loophole Act. It’s not a loophole, unless loophole means something we don’t like. As to the bill, it looks like it would classify the devices as NFA items, subject to the $200 tax and all that. The bill was written with ATF “guidance and advice”.

This looks like a better* of other proposals that could outlaw after market triggers.

And, as I’ve said before, if this passes, gun owners need to get something in return.

* I’m using that word loosely. It’s still a dumb law. But at least it looks like it’s written by someone who isn’t ignorant of current law.

October 19, 2017

What once was their ally

The Brady Campaign is suing the ATF. Seems the Brady bunch filed a Freedom of Information Act request and ATF didn’t respond.

ATF avoiding blame

The ATF will not reclassify bump stocks.

October 18, 2017

The NRA and bumpstocks

Jacob Sullum points out that the NRA is playing a dangerous game on this bumpstock business:

The NRA opposes a legislative ban on bump stocks but wants the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to reconsider the question of whether they are legal. The administrative approach favored by the NRA invites unelected bureaucrats to rewrite a statute for political purposes, undermining the rule of law and the separation of powers.

*snip*

The NRA has tried to divert that response by urging the ATF to “immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.” On Face the Nation last week, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre noted that “it’s illegal to convert a semiautomatic to a fully automatic,” adding, “We think ATF ought to do its job, look at this, and draw a bright line.”

As a wookie-suiter myself, I agree with his point. However, I think NRA’s motivation is more political. And brilliant. They throw the blame at the Obama administration. Take the popular view on bumpstocks. And get in a jab at ATF. And it panders to the Trump base.

The conspiratorial side of me can’t rule out they took this position because they don’t want to put it to a congressional that vote they’d later have to grade.

October 17, 2017

The ATF is correct

Bump stocks do not convert semiautomatics into machine guns.

The fallout and eventual attempt to legislate these away (which seems to be ATF’s goal, as opposed to NRA who thinks ATF should reevaluate their ruling) will be interesting. If legislated away, what happens to those already in possession? I mean, you cannot add new machine guns to the registry. And you can’t have an ex post facto law banning these things, I would think. I’m not a lawyer. But I recall when ATF changed its mind on the Akins Accelerator. People got to keep the stocks but had to turn in the springs.