ATF releases 2018 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 2018. As my one friend put it, “Let the nerdery begin.” To be fair, you have to be pretty nerdy to enjoy this stuff, hence me writing about it. The Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report (AFMER) is only current through … Continue reading ATF releases 2018 Report on Firearm Commerce in the United States (Numbers, Bar Graphs, and Pie Charts!)

As an FFL, Can You Sell an NFA Firearm Through the Mail?

Often times, Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) inquire as to whether they can sell a National Firearms Act (NFA) firearm through the mail, without the buyer needing to be present. To the surprise of most FFLs, you actually can sell NFA firearms through the mail, provided the purchaser is not otherwise prohibited and is a resident … Continue reading As an FFL, Can You Sell an NFA Firearm Through the Mail?

DDTC Issues Guidance on ITAR Registration

On Friday July 22, 2016, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls ("DDTC") released a letter issuing guidance on the requirement of firearm manufacturers and gunsmiths to register with DDTC under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR"). There has been constant discussion on the internet regarding whether an individual who has obtained a federal firearms license ("FFL") … Continue reading DDTC Issues Guidance on ITAR Registration

ALERT – PA FFLs, PSP Has No Authority To Conduct Inspections

It has recently come to my attention that the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) is conducting compliance inspections of PA Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) without warrants. Unlike the federal law provision found in 18 U.S.C. 923(g)(1)(B)(ii) that provides ATF with the authority to conduct a compliance inspection once every 12 months without a warrant, no similar … Continue reading ALERT – PA FFLs, PSP Has No Authority To Conduct Inspections

ATF Determination – FFLs Can Rent Handguns AND Ammunition to Individuals 18 and Older

As our readers are aware, Trop Gun Shop, LTD has been at the forefront of defending the rights of those in the Firearms Industry, including individuals, FFLs and Gun Clubs/Ranges. Recently, Trop obtained a determination from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that benefits the entire Firearms Industry. In March of 2013, … Continue reading ATF Determination – FFLs Can Rent Handguns AND Ammunition to Individuals 18 and Older

The Thin Blue Label…A Tale of Confidential Information and a Glock Representative Demanding a Pennsylvania FFL Violate the Crimes Code

Trop Gun made a big splash on social media and forums on Thursday for their refusal to show Glock employees their 4473s for customers who had purchased guns through the Blue Label Program. In response to Trop's refusal to show the Glock representative the 4473s, Glock terminated Trop from the Blue Label Program. You can read … Continue reading The Thin Blue Label…A Tale of Confidential Information and a Glock Representative Demanding a Pennsylvania FFL Violate the Crimes Code

Pennsylvania Second Amendment Action Day – May 12, 2015!

The 10th Annual Pennsylvania Second Amendment Action Day is scheduled for May 12, 2015 at the State Capitol Steps in Harrisburg, PA. With notable speakers such as Sheriff Richard Mack (who sued the U.S. Government and won in relation to a gun control measure) and State Representative Daryl Metcalfe, it is guaranteed to be phenomenal … Continue reading Pennsylvania Second Amendment Action Day – May 12, 2015!

Has ATF Directed FFLs to Abuse the NICS System?

It’s no secret that ATF told at least one FFL they need to run a NICS check on trustees picking up NFA firearms on behalf of a trust. In a letter addressed to Dakota Silencer, ATF explained: The term "person" is defined by the GCA at 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(1), to include "any individual, corporation, company, … Continue reading Has ATF Directed FFLs to Abuse the NICS System?

ATF Issues First Ruling of the New Year – Is It The End Of 80% Lowers?

On only the second day of 2015, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has issued it's first ruling of the year! ATF Ruling 2015-1 addresses putative Firearm Industry concerns regarding "whether Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL), or unlicensed machine shops, may engage in the business of completing, or assisting in the completion of, … Continue reading ATF Issues First Ruling of the New Year – Is It The End Of 80% Lowers?

C&R Licensee applications, FFL Licensee applications and Responsible Persons Questionnaire

ATF recently posted two notices in the Federal Register. One stated that they would be combining ATF Form 7 (5310.12) and ATF Form 7CR (5310.16), the applications for an FFL and Curios and Relics license, respectively. The other notice is for the creation of a Responsible Persons Questionnaire (RPQ) for use with the new proposed … Continue reading C&R Licensee applications, FFL Licensee applications and Responsible Persons Questionnaire