As many in the Firearms Community are aware, yesterday, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued a somewhat vague Open Letter to all Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs), dated March 22, 2022, declaring that it considers some - without specification - forced reset triggers (FRTs) to be machineguns. (Who didn't see this coming … Continue reading Only Surrender Your Forced Reset Trigger (FRT) to ATF Under Protest!
In a recent NBC News video that was reported on by Ammoland, Reporter and the "team at NBC News" decided to investigate what they termed "ghost guns," including the process to purchase one. However, they didn't stop there. As declared in the video, Reporter Hillyard started out in Philadelphia, at a gun show where he … Continue reading NBC News and PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s Office Commit Felonies by Manufacturing a Firearm for NBC News…When will Charges be Filed? Was AG Josh Shapiro Complicit in the Federal and State Violations of Law?
It has been some time since my last article on this issue and I know many people have continued to watch for updates, both here and across the various forums that have been discussing this issue on an ongoing basis. Since that article published on January 10th, I have continued to be in contact with … Continue reading Update on Diversified Machine Products
Recently, we've had a number of clients who have attempted to purchase "solvent traps" from overseas. ATF has contended in federal warrants: Solvent traps are intended to prevent solvent from dripping, spraying, or spattering when pushed out the muzzle end of a firearm barrel. The front end-cap of a solvent trap must be solid and … Continue reading STOP Buying Solvent Traps!
In case you've not been following recent occurrences surrounding Diversified Machine, here is what we know. In late 2020 and early 2021, ATF raided Diversified Machine, a company selling solvent traps and other items commonly used to manufacture Form 1 silencers, and seized their website. The week after Christmas 2021, ATF mailed this single-page Warning … Continue reading Purchased From Diversified Machine and Received a Warning Notice?
On September 7, 2021, the U.S. Navy-Marine Corp Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in U.S. v. Alkazahg, docket no. 202000087, that Private (E-2) Ali Alkazahg was erroneously convicted of possessing two unregistered machineguns - i.e. bumpstocks. In so holding, the court reviewed the background to the rulemaking that held that bumpstocks were machineguns, and correctly … Continue reading Bumpstocks Not Machineguns U.S. Navy-Marine Corp Court of Appeals Rules Unanimously
As the year is thankfully coming to a close, we thought it important to document some of the monumental court decisions and issues that Firearms Industry Consulting Group® (FICG®), a division of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., was involved in or obtained in 2020, even while we dealt with COVID and substantial court closures. Landmark, … Continue reading Year in Review: Major Pennsylvania and Federal Firearms Law Cases of 2020
In a shocking change of course - likely because it was in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act and former Attorney General Session's memorandum entitled Prohibition on Improper Guidance Documents - the ATF appears to be withdrawing its notice and request for comment on Objective Factors for Classifying Stabilizer Braces. The notice, which will likely … Continue reading ATF Withdrawals Notice and Request for Comment Regarding Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with Stabilizing Braces
As reflected in a notice issued through the Federal Register electronic notice system, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives intends to publish tomorrow, Friday, December 18, 2020, its "Objective Factors for Classifying Stabilizer Braces" in the Federal Register, which we previously blogged about in our article ATF to Institute Rulemaking Regarding Stabilizing Braces … Continue reading ATF to Publish Stabilizer Brace Guidance with 14 Day Notice and Comment Period Tomorrow
In a 16 page draft copy of proposed rulemaking/guidance specifying "Objective Factors for Classifying Stablizing Braces", the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has proposed entering into rulemaking to delineate the objective factors considered when "evaluating firearms with an attached stabilizing brace to determine whether they are considered firearms under the National Firearms … Continue reading ATF to Institute Rulemaking/Guidance Regarding Stabilizing Braces and Require Registration of Currently Owned Braces