Final Rule Banning Bumpstocks Published in Federal Register

This morning, the Final Rule banning bump-stock-type devices was published in the Federal Register. The Rule had been announced last week and just hours after being announced saw its first challenge filed by FICG on behalf of Damien Guedes, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, and the Madison Society Foundation. The Rule is set to take … Continue reading Final Rule Banning Bumpstocks Published in Federal Register

FICG Files Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction Challenging ATF’s Final Rule on Bumpstocks

Earlier today, the Department of Justice released the approved Final Rule on bumpstocks. As was expected, the Rule alters the definition of the term "machine gun" (in the regulations pertaining to the Gun Control Act and National Firearms Act) to include the following language * * * For purposes of this definition, the term "automatically" … Continue reading FICG Files Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction Challenging ATF’s Final Rule on Bumpstocks

ATF Discontinues Accessory Classifications

Moments ago, I received an email that ATF's Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch would no longer offer classifications on accessories, effective immediately. The Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch (FTISB) classifies firearms as defined by the Gun Control Act (GCA) and National Firearms Act (NFA) based on the configuration and the design features of the firearm … Continue reading ATF Discontinues Accessory Classifications

ATF Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking RE: Bump-Stock-Type Devices

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

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

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

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.

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)