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More ATF woes

In what is turning out to be stellar last few months for the ATF in terms of getting slapped around, comes the latest. Now, a circuit court has ruled that the ATF is full of crap with respect to its desire to regulate the engines used in hobby rocketry:

The problem in this case is that ATFE’s explanation for its determination that APCP deflagrates lacks any coherence. We therefore owe no deference to ATFE’s purported expertise because we cannot discern it. ATFE has neither laid out a concrete standard for classifying materials along the burn-deflagrate-detonate continuum, nor offered data specific to the burn speed of APCP when used for its ‘common or primary purpose.’ On this record, the agency’s decision cannot withstand judicial review.

Xavier and TriggerFinger have more.

Past ATF troubles:

An agent testified in court that the NFRTR (registry of NFA weapons) was deficient

They are currently experiencing significant budget troubles attributable to bad management

They’re under investigation for breaking the law at Richmond, VA gun shows.

9 Responses to “More ATF woes”

  1. mike hollihan Says:

    Model rocketeers have been waiting a long time for this. The ATFE simply made a power grab under specious, retro-active auspices. It’s good to see the court side with consumers. Watch for mid- and high-power hobby rocketry to really take off now. Er, so to speak.

  2. SayUncle » The ATF continues its bad year Says:

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