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
Since the Law Vegas shooting and what some contend has been a takeover by Department of Justice (which in some contexts appears to be accurate), ATF has begun internally reversing prior determinations and making up new interpretations of law, in the absence of informing the Firearms Industry or the public of these reversals and/or new … Continue reading ATF Unhinged: Prosecutions Made Up Out of Whole Cloth – You Might Be Next…
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!)
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.
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?
This morning TheFirearmBlog.com posted a story which stated that ATF had revised its ruling in relation to fingerprints for NFA firearms. The article claims that ATF now requires law enforcement agencies to take fingerprints rather than anyone qualified to. To support this position the article links to ATF's Explosives website. As always, the information is provided by … Continue reading BREAKING: BATFE Has Not Changed Anything Relating to Fingerprints for NFA Firearms
It's that time of year again, the NSSF Import/Export Conference which is held in Washington, D.C. While the conference is designed to help educate companies about the import/export regulations and laws they might encounter while in the business, the conference does provide for round table discussions with ATF, DDTC and other Firearm Industry officials. Some of … Continue reading News from the Round Table Discussions at the NSSF Import/Export Conference
It appears that ATF has once again changed the standards for applications to transfer NFA firearms. This time it is in relation to sears. A letter surfaced, that was dated June 15, 2016, from the NFA branch to an applicant which stated that the firearm description "varies with our records". The letter went on to … Continue reading Transferring a Sear? Multi Caliber is No Longer Accepted by ATF
On May 25, 2016 ATF released an Open Letter to Chief Law Enforcement Officers regarding ATF 41F. The letter can be found here. The letter briefly describes some of the changes that will occur after the rule is implemented. Of note is the notification requirements for the CLEO. In short, all legal entities will be required … Continue reading ATF Releases Open Letter to CLEOs Regarding ATF 41F