AR-15 Pistol Briefcase
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.
Oh, really? I doubt it.
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.
Seems a couple of judges didn’t care for ATF creating criminals and struck them down for it. Well, they are appealing.
Glenn has a report of more questionable ATF performance, in which they create crimes to blame people for. Kind of like how the FBI always creates terrorists to catch.
Imagine how differently people would think of ATF today if they created a crime for Randy Weaver to commit.
I had a conversation recently in the real world with a gun nut friend in which I basically said that gun rights folks were sort of like prisoners. If you’ve ever worked in a prison, you know that the prisoners have nothing to do all day long except plot how to circumvent the rules. And, if you work there, you have a job to do while they figure out ways to squeak out an extra privilege or whatever. And that’s what most did. Why not? Nothing else to do! The folks watching you have jobs to do.
Gun rights folks, while similar in circumstance, are different in motivation. They want to figure out the rules and exactly how they comply with them because they can. Or they want to prove how stupid gun laws are. Or because fuck you.
And gun rights folks also have the occasional person, who’s rather like the prisoner who thinks life is better if you accept your fate and suck up to the guards, that wags their finger when a firearms law hack presents itself.
I was rather surprised that a gun blogger, commenting on the SB-15 and tax avoidance, opined that: But to those people I overheard saying, “Yay! Now I can have a short barreled rifle without the paperwork!…” I say, “Shame on you!” This part of the post was as surprising to me as the hideous grammar and spelling.
Shame on me? What on earth for? Those that snatch up a SB-15 for giggles (like me) are complying with the law. And, as the owner of a tax stamp collection, I can tell you it’s a pain in the ass to get your SBR on. I don’t mind paying the tax. I mind the ridiculous bureaucracy-imposed 18 month plus waiting period that has grown substantially worse under the current administration. And I mind the national gun registry that is the NFRTR. And I mind an administration that doesn’t like gun owners very much. Or, I could hop on the internet and have a SB-15 shipped to my house overnight.
For a gun that’s just going to be a plaything anyway, it’s easy math.
So, yeah, from this inmate, I’m cool with anyone dropping their SB-15 on a sub 16 inch gun. Hell, I’m going to build four of them before ATF changes it’s mind or whatever it calls that arbitrary rules making apparatus it uses. And you should too.
Judge is leaning toward White House privilege claim in ‘Fast and Furious’. Yes, she’s leaning toward keeping secret documents that may explain exactly what the hell they were thinking.
Looks like it. but I wouldn’t bet on it flying. At all.
Police shut down a Minneapolis freeway due to a high risk stop because a man was waving a gun around and, generally, endangering other people. Seems he brandished a gun at another driver. He was released because he’s one of the king’s men.
Mentioned it before, but the ATF glory hole story is making a come back.
ATF Gun Running: Fast and furious guns found in El Paso and Columbus.
SIG Sauer sues ATF for calling its ‘muzzle brake’ a gun silencer. It’s the same agency that says pieces of plastic are guns.
Well, unless I’m missing something.
They’ve reviewed it and noted it has a steal core. And since this company makes a pistol that shoots the ammo, the cannot be imported. So, if someone were to make a 7.62x54R pistol, I guess that ammo would be illegal. Even if the pistol wasn’t popular.
Looks like the deadline for comment is tonight. And here’s Sebastian’s analysis on it along with comments.
I thought this was old news but it’s making the rounds again. ATF says the SB-15 is still a brace, even if you use it from the shoulder. Like AR-15 pistol buffers.
Seems the removable serial number plate makes them so. Glocks also have a serial number plate. Apparently, if removal would do damage to the gun, it’s OK.
And another meme here, making up crimes.
A judge has lambasted ATF for making crime instead of doing their job:
The time has come to remind the Executive Branch that the Constitution charges it with law enforcement — not crime creation. A reverse-sting operation like this one transcends the bounds of due process and makes the Government the oppressor of its people
The ATF has a history of changing rules and regs (and, essentially, gun law) because they feel like it. A judge has come down on them for it. Once before, ATF said if it’s not a A, B, C, or D, it’s an AOW and a judge struck that down too.
Ares Armor CEO Tries to Reason with ATF over Customer Privacy; Raid Ensues. Now, Ares is posting photos from the surveillance camera footage* of ATF agent’s various clusterfuckery on their facebook page and turning them into internet memes. The ironic bit is that ATF is now butthurt and has asked Ares to stop posting those photos citing officer privacy.
Personally, I would post photos zooming in on badge numbers and names of the agents.
* I bet future raids involve taking all security cameras and storage.
ATF walked right through that restraining order
Video of ATF raiding Ares Armor despite the restraining order against ATF:
Rumor is that ATF is taking the position that 80% lower receivers with the parts you’re to mill out being a different color makes them some number more than 80% and, thus, they are a firearm instead of a part.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched a business and Bakersfield home Friday.
EP Armory is owned by Chris Cook. The business opened a storefront March 1 on District Boulevard near Gosford Road.
The store was closed today while agents searched it.
A home belonging to Chris Cook on Holabird Avenue was also searched.
“Obviously when somebody is going through all of your personal things it’s pretty unnerving,” said EP Armory owner Chris Cook.
The ATF was not able to provide information on the on-going investigation.(of course – ed.)
EP makes 80% polymer AR lowers. In Cali. The store is open again.
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