Archive for the 'ATF' Category

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.

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, it’s 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.

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

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