Omnibus Spending Bill, H.R. 3354, Passes House and Provides Funding for Federal Firearms Relief Determinations – IN SENATE

Once again the House omnibus appropriations bill, H.R. 3354, provides funding for ATF to conduct federal firearms relief determinations under 18 U.S.C. § 925(c). Since 1992, Congress has specifically denied ATF the ability to utilize any funds they are appropriated to conduct these determinations. Further, ATF will not allow an individual to fund their own … Continue reading Omnibus Spending Bill, H.R. 3354, Passes House and Provides Funding for Federal Firearms Relief Determinations – IN SENATE

Join the Fight to Stop the Regulation of Bump Stocks

As many of our clients and viewers are aware, Firearms Industry Consulting Group® (FICG®) a division of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., has submitted substantial comments in opposition to rulemaking entered into by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and spearheaded the opposition to ATF-41P. Unfortunately, as it appears that ATF intends to … Continue reading Join the Fight to Stop the Regulation of Bump Stocks

Pennsylvania State Police Reiterate ATF Position on Medicinal Marijuana

It should come to no surprise that the Pennsylvania State Police ("PSP") have issued a position statement in relation to Pennsylvania's new card carrying medicinal marijuana users. Once again, individuals who seek to use marijuana for medicinal purposes are forced to choose between the comfort they find in medicine or their constitutional rights. Marijuana is … Continue reading Pennsylvania State Police Reiterate ATF Position on Medicinal Marijuana

ATF to Publish Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Re: Application of the Definition of Machinegun to “Bump Fire” Stocks and Other Similar Devices

EDIT 3: Publication date is now scheduled for 12/26/2017. Deadline for submissions would be Thursday, January 25, 2018. EDIT 2: Document has been reposted. Link is working again. EDIT: It appears the document has been removed "The Office of the Federal Register withdrew this document after it went on public inspection due to technical errors." … Continue reading ATF to Publish Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Re: Application of the Definition of Machinegun to “Bump Fire” Stocks and Other Similar Devices

Are PA Medical Marijuana Patients Prohibited From Possessing and Purchasing Firearms and Ammunition?

Last week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Medical Marijuana Program Patient Registry had reached 3,800 registered patients in its first week of registration. While individuals may be able to lawfully possess marijuana in Pennsylvania under Pennsylvania law if the person is registered on the Patient Registry and has been approved for use by … Continue reading Are PA Medical Marijuana Patients Prohibited From Possessing and Purchasing Firearms and Ammunition?

ATF releases 2017 Report on Firearm Commerce in the United States (Numbers, Bar Graphs, and Pie Charts!)

ATF has released its annual Firearms Commerce in the United States Statistical Update for 2017. As my one friend put it, "[t]his is like fantasy football stats for silencer dorks." It's actually like that for a lot more than the silencer crowd, but I digress. The Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report (AFMER) is only … Continue reading ATF releases 2017 Report on Firearm Commerce in the United States (Numbers, Bar Graphs, and Pie Charts!)

News from the 16th Annual NSSF Import/Export Conference in Washington, D.C.

Attorney Joshua Prince and I attended the Annual NSSF Import/Export Conference in Washington, D.C. this week. There were a variety of presentations that were given on a variety of topics including: Federal Search Warrants and Regulatory Site Visits, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, Foreign Military Sales, ATF Panel Discussion, and Round Table Discussions (the best part … Continue reading News from the 16th Annual NSSF Import/Export Conference in Washington, D.C.

Breaking News: ATF To Issue Two Monumental Determinations

Today, at the NSSF/FAIR Trade Group's 16th Annual Firearms Import/Export Conference, during the roundtable discussions, the Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division (FATD) stated that it is working on two monumental determinations regarding modular silencers and vertical/angled foregrips. First, in relation to vertical/angled foregrips, it was disclosed that FATD has received numerous requests for determination. These … Continue reading Breaking News: ATF To Issue Two Monumental Determinations

After 5 Years of Violating Its Own Regulations, ATF Publishes State Laws and Published Ordinances – Firearms (32nd Edition)

ATF has published its long overdue update to the State Laws and Published Ordinances. The publication was announced to retailers who attended the NICS Retailer Day held at FBI's Criminal Justice Information Center this past Monday. Prior to the publication of this edition, ATF had violated its own regulations by consistently failing to "annually revise and … Continue reading After 5 Years of Violating Its Own Regulations, ATF Publishes State Laws and Published Ordinances – Firearms (32nd Edition)

OIG Documents Reveal Issues with the ATF’s National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record

Leave it to the Government to require individuals to register National Firearms Act firearms and screw up the registry leaving a number of individuals with firearms that were possibly registered with no proof or obtaining criminal convictions against those who had firearms that were possibly registered in accordance with the law. Of Arms and the … Continue reading OIG Documents Reveal Issues with the ATF’s National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record