Recently, I had a client, who timely (prior to April 1st) filed with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF") his Annual Firearm Manufacturing and Export Report ("AFMER") and after filing it, realized that a firearm manufactured in 2018 was inadvertently included on the form for 2017. When it was discovered, my client … Continue reading What Do You Do If You Realize That Your ATF AFMER Report Is In Error?
Today, Firearms Industry Consulting Group (FICG), on behalf of Firearms Policy Foundation ("FPF"), filed a, expedited Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request with ATF requesting copies of all prior determinations issued by ATF regarding the lawfulness of bump stocks. As the comment period only permits comments to be submitted until June 27, 2018 and in … Continue reading FOIA Filed with ATF over Bump Stock Determinations
Today the ATF published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Bump-Stock-Type Devices. The comment period is open for 90 days, making comments due on or before June 27, 2018. The proposed rule would alter the definition of a machine gun in the regulations pertaining to the National Firearms Act (27 C.F.R. § 479.1, et seq.), … Continue reading ATF Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking RE: Bump-Stock-Type Devices
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
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
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
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
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 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!)
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.