Stop the ATF

From Making Its Own Laws

As recently announced by anti-gun Attorney General Merrick Garland, the ATF just issued a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which would effectively rewrite the 1968 Gun Control Act by adding new definitions and usurping the legislative power of Congress.
One part of the proposal would redefine 80% kits for frames and receivers of many common guns. Instead of these kits being sold as unregulated merchandise, they would be considered complete functioning firearms, meaning that companies making them would need ATF manufacturing  licenses, 80% lowers would need serial numbers, and they could only be sold by Federal Firearm Licensees using a federal Form 4473.
Translated, a box of uncompleted parts would be considered a gun. A new category of gunsmith would be created, the “gunsmith-dealer,” which would imprint numbers on existing ghost guns then record the serial number in their bound book that licensees keep. A new category of firearm, “Privately Made Firearm,” would be created. ATF would be able to arbitrarily decide what a “firearm” is.

Worse, millions AR-15 upper receivers would now be regulated as “firearms,” requiring serial numbers and exactly the same requirements as a full gun, creating a nightmare for millions of AR-15 owners, particularly if they want to swap upper receivers on their guns.

The ATF wants to be the sole arbitrator in what the laws really mean, opening a quagmire of indefinite determination of the law. On this dangerous ground, selective enforcement could close untold numbers of firearm businesses and make criminals of otherwise law-abiding gun owners.

Stop this unconstitutional over-reach by a federal bureaucracy: the comment period is open until August 19th.  Please send  the message provided below ASAP to the link provided.




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Subject ATF 2021R-05

 Dear Sir or Madam,

 I strongly object to the proposed change in ATF rules 2021R-05.

 These proposed changes create language and intent that does not exist in the Gun Control Act. These changes allow the ATF to arbitrarily define what is and what is not a firearm.

This would make parts that require extensive skilled finishing into firearms. Where would this stop, is a block of polymer or metal a firearm?

 In the case of modular type weapons such as AR-15s that have already been made, an onerous burden would likely  be placed on owners to place serial owners on parts that did not previously require them. Since millions of these parts already exist, it is likely there would be no practical way to accomplish this.

 If laws have become out of date, it is up to to Congress to replace or  amend these; this power must not be usurped by a non legislative government entity.



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