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
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
Having had the opportunity to sit around a table with different members of ATF, a few different things were learned. And don't worry, the cartoon doesn't reflect the attitude of those I spoke to. NFA Branch In regards to the NFA Branch and processing times, it appears that they are aiming for a processing time … Continue reading A Round Table Discussion with ATF
Formerly the Firearms Technology Branch (FTB) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, now the Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch (FTISB), has brought us such hits as "a shoestring is a machinegun" (for which I wish Nike had sued ATF over) and "a silencer wipe isn't a silencer part, then it was, until … Continue reading Whoops We (ATF) Did It Again…Arbitrary Determinations Over the Sig Brace
It isn't often that I find myself giving advice that is more restrictive than ATF's interpretations but it appears that ATF recently changed that dynamic when it held that an "unincorporated trust" was not a "person" under the Gun Control Act. Before I give you the answer to the question you're pondering, let's first review … Continue reading Did ATF’s Determination on NICS Checks Open the Door for Manufacture of New Machineguns for Trusts?
Attorney Tom Odom of Firearms Industry Consulting Group ("FICG"), a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C., was quoted several times in an article appearing in The Guardian newspaper over the weekend addressing the current rulemaking effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives ("ATF") to impose additional requirements when trusts and other legal … Continue reading
Recently, I have seen a number of people posting approved eForm Applications (Form 1's), which had me greatly concerned given the translucent nature of the newly utilized electronic stamp. After receiving these approved eForm Applications by email, some of the applicants have called the NFA Branch and been told that they will not be receiving … Continue reading Are ATF’s Newly Approved Electronic eForms Legal? The Shocking Answer