Archive for the 'ATF' Category

October 01, 2015


The AP: Lax laws prevented the agency from effectively targeting the flow guns across the border. Then, they mention fast and furious. Are they that clueless?

Democrat staffers planted 60 Minutes with questions.

This report is not for white men.

September 22, 2015

The can cannon

This looks pretty neat. Too bad ATF has said it’s a no go because of arcane and convoluted firearms laws.

September 20, 2015

Tar and feathers

US District Court Judge David Bury ruled on Friday that no mention of Operation Fast and Furious aka Project Gunwalker could be made in the trial of two men accused of the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Because, you know, at a fair trial details like the .gov, at best, acting irresponsibly or, at worst, breaking the law isn’t something people should know about. Or that it, you know, kinda helped facilitate a murder.

September 16, 2015

Does he not know what ATF does?

Let’s increase funding so the ATF can fight gun trafficking. Or, you know, enable them to traffic in guns themselves, like they did with fast and furious.

September 04, 2015

On the sig lawsuit

No real winner. Seems the judge really wants to say ATF is right but can’t find law supporting it.

August 31, 2015

Cleaning up the bureau

It’s often joked that alcohol, tobacco and firearms should be a convenience store and not a government agency. I call my basement the bureau because it’s where I keep my beer fridge, humidor, ammo locker and gun safe. Anyhoo, spent the last couple of days getting organized:


After my safe bleg, I settled on a Browning. I like it. Two things, first being I should have spent the extra $500 for the next size up. Everything fits but it’s snug. Second, they make rifle racks or the door with a cut out for scopes. These are not set up for 16 inch ARs. I had to move the rack because I mostly have AR-15s.

Picked the safe up at The Knoxville Safe House. Good people and do recommend. They answered my questions on fire ratings and explained the pros and cons of interior and exterior hinges.

Speaking of mostly having ARs, if one is none and two is one then this is some number. Math is hard:


Top to bottom: Colt 6920 FDE, Colt 6920 Gray, Junior’s Gun, the 12 incher, and a 7 inch dedicated 22LR suppressed.

August 17, 2015

No, we’re a bureau

ATF says they’re not “an agency” to avoid complying with FOIA law.

August 04, 2015

Well, that happened quietly

ATF says 40mm practice ammo as destructive devices.

August 02, 2015

It keeps getting better and better

Chicago Tribune: Assailant in Garland, Texas, attack bought gun in 2010 under Fast and Furious operation

July 30, 2015

Poking the ATF

A non NFA stock for your handgun, the USA 1Shot:


June 30, 2015

ATF to shut down gun store

Over a paperwork error rate of 2.8%

June 28, 2015

ATF official under investigation

For accessing personal data of other employees. If they’ll do that to their own, imagine what they do with your data.

June 23, 2015

ATF: Beware NFA scam

People are altering form 4s to con potential machine gun buyers out of money.

June 16, 2015

ATF involved in day to day busts in NYC

Because gun crime is up:

Now in an unprecedented move, a federal agency is joining the effort to get gun crimes under control, CBS2s Marcia Kramer reported Monday.

Kramer is told it was a collective decision made by the federal government, the NYPD, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Those agencies are mounting a first-ever anti-gun initiative in high-crime areas.

June 15, 2015

Things that go boom can be dangerous

ATF posts PSA on exploding targets

June 06, 2015

Restoring rights

The house has voted to resume funding for the ATF to process applications to restore rights for non-violent felons.

June 03, 2015

NFA Trusts

The DOJ is moving forward regarding NFA transfers for trust. At issue, is having the responsible persons get LEO sign off and do a background check.

May 20, 2015

Going from tax to spend?

Liberal think tank (isn’t that on oxymoron? Should be a feel tank): Merge ATF into the FBI

April 16, 2015

Never happen or even work

But I like the sentiment of suing ATF for financial loss because of wait times for NFA. What needs to happen is congress should pass a law that requires approval in some number of days. Of course, since ATF basically does a glorified NICS check, it should happen same day.

April 08, 2015

In Fast and Furious news

The cluster was mentioned in an episode of NCIS.

April 01, 2015

Like you and me, only better

Policeman has illegal machine gun. He gets probation. It was a department gun and they cite ATF bureaucracy.

March 26, 2015

ATF scraps drone program

Because they suck at flying them. Well, they can’t interpret gun laws very well either and they’re still doing that.

I recently got me err the kids a quadcopter and they are hard to fly.

March 24, 2015

Cover up for government, get promoted

Fast and Furious Cover-up Rewarded in Appointment of New ATF Director

March 20, 2015

It’s official

Mentioned speculation yesterday and it turns out, ATF’s director is resigning:

Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director B. Todd Jones has informed Attorney General Eric Holder he plans to resign, effective March 31. Jones has secured a new job in the private sector in New York City, and may be joining a professional sports league, ABC News was told.

March 19, 2015

New ATF Director?

Rumors the ATF director is heading to the NFL. Well, I’ve almost completely stopped watching pro football. If this happens, I will completely.

March 17, 2015

ATF lies about AR-15

Well, they have an agenda and all but you’d think they’d know about the firearms they’re in charge of regulating.

March 15, 2015

Democrats to Obama: Go ahead with bullet ban

The Hill:

Congressional Democrats are pressuring the Obama administration to move ahead “swiftly” with a proposal that would ban a form of armor-piercing ammunition.

In a draft letter first obtained by The Hill, Democrats are urging the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to use his “existing authority” to keep “dangerous ammunition out of our communities.”

“We hope that the Bureau will swiftly review comments on the proposed framework and issue a revised proposal that will address the danger posed by handguns that fire 5.56mm and other rifle ammunition,” Democrats write in the letter.

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.

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