Archive for the 'ATF' Category

March 12, 2015

So, we must ban all AR-15 ammo?

ATF Director: “Any 5.56 round” is “a challenge for officer safety,”

A bill stripping ATF of their ability to regulate ammo sounds better and better.

March 10, 2015

The ATF ammo ban goes down

Well, for now:

Under intense pressure from majorities in the House and Senate, the National Rifle Association’s huge membership, the Obama administration has abruptly changed course and is rescinding its push to ban popular and cheap ammo used by AR-15 owners.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said 80,000 comments rolled in, many against the proposal to ban the 5.56 M855 “green tip” ammo. The NRA and the other groups still plan to flood ATF mailboxes with opposition letters just to make sure they go through with their withdrawal.

Maybe the congress critters threatened funding. Good. But keep an eye out. They’ll try to sneak it in at some point.

March 06, 2015

ATF on already banning stuff without proper comment period: Oops, our bad

Yeah, our Regulation Guide saying ATF has already banned green tip, we didn’t mean it and we meant to follow the law:

Media reports have noted that the 2014 ATF Regulation Guide published online does not contain a listing of the exemptions for Armor Piercing Ammunition, and concluding that the absence of this listing indicates these exemptions have been rescinded.

Please be advised that ATF has not rescinded any Armor Piercing Ammunition exemption, and the fact they are not listed in the 2014 online edition of the regulations, was an error, which has no legal impact on the validity of the exemptions. The existing exemptions for armor piercing ammunition, which apply to 5.56 mm (.223) SS 109 and M855 projectiles (identified by a green coating on the projectile tip), and the U.S .30-06 M2AP projectile (identified by a black coating on the projectile tip), remain in effect.

The listing of Armor Piercing Ammunition exemptions can be found in the 2005 ATF Regulation Guide on page 166, which is posted here.

The 2014 Regulation Guide will be corrected in PDF format to include the listing of Armor Piercing Ammunition exemptions and posted shortly. The e-book/iBook version of the Regulation Guide will be corrected in the near future. ATF apologizes for any confusion caused by this publishing error.

ATF has already banned green tip ammo

At least, according to its latest Regulation Guide.

March 05, 2015

ATF and the ammo ban

They’re just kind of making it up as they go. And by “it”, I mean the law.

March 03, 2015

Fraternal Order of Police says ammo Obama wants banned doesn’t affect police

So, the White House is lying:

“Any ammunition is of concern to police in the wrong hands, but this specific round has historically not posed a law enforcement problem,” said James Pasco, executive director of the Washington office of the Fraternal Order of Police, the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 members.


March 02, 2015

ATF’s ammo ban

ATF is moving ahead with it’s ban on M855 ammo. People are upset about it (btw, what is a gun user?)

White House Minister of Truth Josh Earnest (whose very name is an oxymoron) has said that this ban would save police lives. I wonder how many police have been shot with M855?

This may backfire on ATF and the administration as a bill has been introduced in congress to roll back ATF’s ability to regulate ammo.

March 01, 2015

Even more SB-15: ATF letter: AR buffer tubes on non AR pistols

Says ATF:

Use of a buffer tube on an AK-type firearm that has no use for such an item may be evidence that the weapon is intended to be fired from the shoulder. Therefore, adding a buffer tube to an AK-type pistol, where the barrel is less than 16 inches in length, would result in the manufacture of a “firearm” as defined in 5845(a)(3). However, if an AK-type pistol were to utilize an AR-type buffer tube to facilitate the attachment of a (sic) SB-15 stabilizing brace accessory, a “firearm” as defined in 5845(a)(3) would not be made and consequently lawful to possess.

This SB-15 business is getting silly.

February 26, 2015

Fundamentally transformed

Adam Bates:

A quick glance at the Federal Register (Vol. 80, No. 37, p. 9987-88) today reveals that Attorney General Eric Holder, who earned cautious praise last month for a small reform to the federal equitable sharing program, has now delegated authority to the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to seize and “administratively forfeit” property involved in suspected drug offenses. Holder temporarily delegated this authority to the ATF on a trial basis in 2013, and today made the delegation permanent while lauding the ATF for seizing more than $19.3 million from Americans during the trial period.

Historically, when the ATF uncovered contraband subject to forfeiture under drug statutes, it was required to either refer the property to the DEA for administrative forfeiture proceedings or to a U.S. Attorney in order to initiate a judicial forfeiture action. Under today’s change, the ATF will now be authorized to seize property related to alleged drug offenses and initiate administrative forfeiture proceedings all on its own.

February 25, 2015

Sig and ATF submit final arguments in MPX case

So reports My guess is this video (skip to 1:50) doesn’t help Sig’s case:

February 16, 2015

Fight the ammo ban the environmentalist way


The entire “armor piercing” ammo law was based on a lie, and if the left really wants to see the shooting sports get greener, shouldn’t they agree to let us make, sell, and acquire ammunition with steel cores and other materials that make good and reasonable substitutes for lead? We can call it the “Green Ammunition Act of 2016.”

There ought to be a law. No need, we have regulations for that.

So, ATF is trying to ban common ammo because law enforcement safety. David Hardy thinks it’s a legal stretch.

And the Obama admin is pushing to come up with ways to regulate drones.

No law required. Just make regulations. This is why our government is broken and inherently anti-freedom.

February 12, 2015

Was Operation Fast And Furious Really Part Of A Secret Deal Between The DEA And Mexico’s Sinaloa Drug Cartel?

Would not surprise me.

January 21, 2015

ATF and the Sig Brace

Unelected bureaucrats making laws:

January 18, 2015

Thoughts on ATF’s letter on the SB15

Michael Bane offers his.

Some legal type guy does too.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way, it’s stupid. Saying that using it in a way other than intended “redesigns” is asinine. If I use the magazine well as a forward grip, I’m not redesigning it. Also, US Code defines a handgun:

(29) The term “handgun” means—
(A) a firearm which has a short stock and is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand;

I guess if you’re using two hands to shoot (like you fucking should), you’ve just redesigned your Glock.

My guess is what really happened is the first letter was approved without appropriate supervision; or they didn’t realize the can of worms they were opening.

As for what to do, I’m keeping mine as a collectors item. I imagine there probably won’t be many more made.

As for what to do legally, I dunno. Perhaps a class action suit against ATF for relying on their initial letter?


January 16, 2015

ATF kills SB15

Once again rescinding a prior ruling, ATF says shouldering a brace redesigns something and is a no no

Update: The market has spoken.

January 14, 2015

So, you like rails?

Here’s a suppressor with picatinny rails on it. Odd. Would the addition of a forward grip make the firearm or the suppressor an AOW? Quick, ask the ATF.

January 08, 2015

ATF making it up as they go

A ruling that says you can’t let someone use your CNC machine or mill to make a gun. Seems to be targeting 80% lowers:

Held further, a business (including an association or society) may not avoid the manufacturing license, marking, and recordkeeping requirements of the GCA by allowing persons to perform manufacturing processes on blanks or incomplete firearms (including frames or receivers) using machinery, tools, or equipment under its dominion and control where that business controls access to, and use of, such machinery, tools, or equipment.

January 07, 2015

Reacting to ATF in crayon


January 04, 2015

More SB-15 stuff

My understanding is that we all know it’s an SBR but we can’t call it that. Another determination letter.

December 30, 2014

ATF and the SB-15 again, still

NSFW!!! Hey, ATF, can you define shouldering? NSFW!!!

December 29, 2014

In Fast and Furious news

Sharyl Attkisson is reviewing the document dump, which shows that, yes, the administration wanted to use the program to push for gun control.

December 26, 2014

The ATF poo-poos SB-15 again, still

Another letter, over at arfcom. I’m not sure I follow, exactly. Seems they’re saying that you can make one but shouldering it modifies it to an SBR. They spell out that an AFG added to a pistol does not modify the pistol.

Seems to me that, logically, adding an AFG to a thing with a brace on it would pretty strongly show an intent to shoulder it.

But, it’s ATF and making sense is not required.

December 22, 2014

The trouble with regulating things

Is that you may use them wrong.

Seems that a new stabilizer brace has come out and gotten the OK from ATF, just like the SB-15. But, like the Black Aces shotty, they were told shouldering it may make it an NFA item. So, presto-chango, it’s not NFA and then it is:

If an individual attaches the Stabilizer to his AR pistol, goes to the range, shoots it as the manufacturer intended and then hands it to his friend who shoulders it, did it just become an illegal short barreled rifle? Given what FTISB put in their determination letter it would seem that way. This begs the question, is ATF actually classifying the firearm based on what it is or how it MIGHT be used?

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.

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

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