We’ve been tracking a nice, steady decline in the time it takes for the ATF to process firearm registration paperwork required to own items controlled by the National Firearms Act. At its peak you would expect to hear a reply from the ATF right around the 1 year anniversary of when you sent in the forms. In recent months that wait time has dropped damn near to the 30 day mark, but it looks like things are once again taking a turn for the worse . . .
A complaint filed Tuesday in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeks an order to compel the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request filed in March and ignored in violation of federal law. The FOIA sought copies of policies and rulings relied on in enforcement and determination actions . . .
Scams Using Fraudulent or Manipulated NFA Registration Documents
TO ALL FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSEES (FFLs) AND FIREARM PURCHASERS
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is advising the public to be aware of fraudulent National Firearms Act (NFA) tax registration forms being used to sell NFA firearms. Some individuals are presenting altered NFA Form 4’s to prospective buyers in order to obtain a deposit, but never deliver the firearms . . .
The Congressional Investigation into Operation Fast & Furious was a damp squib. Despite incontrovertible evidence that the feds channeled firearms to the Sinaloa drug cartel, despite the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry at the hands of a “rip crew” enabled by the ATF, despite Attorney General Eric Holder’s Contempt of Congress citation, those responsible for F&F walked scot-free. The upcoming movie Sicario . . .
One of our readers tipped us off to a worrisome trend in Connecticut. Transfers for firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA) have always been slow, but in the last few months things have started coming back down to a reasonable waiting time. That is, for most of the country. For those living in the Nutmeg State it seems that the ATF might be deliberately slowing down the processing of NFA paperwork in order to more accurately discern whether the guns being registered are, in fact, legal to own there . . .
“The stark, black-and-white sign was erected in 2012 by the government of former (Mexican) President Felipe Calderon on the side of a bridge linking (Ciudad Juarez) to El Paso, Texas. The letters were formed by crushed, confiscated pistols and rifles, and the billboard was spelled out in English as a visible protest of the illegal trade in weapons from the United States.” But now our neighbors seem to have had a change of heart. “Mayor Enrique Serrano said Wednesday that the billboard was being taken down because Juarez wants to project a more tourist-friendly image.” These days, now that US-grown weed has changed the game for Mexico’s exporters and Juarez’s murder rate . . .
Word comes that Rob Bishop (R-UT) has introduced HR 2710, a bill designed to permanently define the “sporting purposes” clauses in federal gun control legislation and remove the ATF’s ability to interpret those laws as they see fit. The proposed legislation would require that self defense and all other lawful purposes be included in the consideration and given equal weight. This move would eliminate the ATF’s ability to ban things like the importation of certain firearms (Korean M1 Garand rifles, Norinco M-14 copies, Saiga shotguns and rifles), types of ammunition (M855), and keep shotguns from being labeled as destructive devices in some situations. The bill is consistent with a previously reported rumor that specifically is looking to clean up an ATF mistake in a politically acceptable manner. Here’s the text of the press release . . .
Most gun owners in the US hear the letters A – T – F and instantly think “AHA! The great Satan! They hate our freedom and want to take our guns!” Which, in some cases, might be true. But in the grand scheme of things, we’ve got it pretty good here in the United States. Other countries have drunk so deeply the gun control Kool-Aid that it permeates their entire culture to the point where “gun control = good, guns = bad” is the accepted common sense. The UN-based outlet for that gun control fervor is the U.N.’s Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, commonly known as PoA. They met last week for the sole purpose of berating the US for their “backwards” gun laws . . .
We’ve been covering the ATF’s push to ram through some administrative language changes this year. But it looks like some people have jumped the gun. There has been some discussion in the gunblogosphere about whether the pending rule change from the ATF about “pistols” will be an attempt to re-classify AR-15 and AK-47 pistols as NFA items. Lord knows the ATF has had a burr under its saddle for months about these guns, especially when equipped with pistol arm braces. So it might make sense that they would want to find a way to quickly make that whole problem go away. But is this rule really about those AR-15 pistols at all? Not really . . .
A funny thing happened on my way back from lunch this afternoon. Ted Clutter from ATF’s NFA branch left me a voicemail. He didn’t sound happy with me at all. I’m usually a pretty easy guy to get along with and Ted is a pretty happy fellow, but when ATF’s NFA branch calls – it’s because something went wrong or they came up with a response to a complicated question that I framed for them and they had to research it some more. This time it was the former rather than the latter. I know Ted Clutter by reputation to be one of the folks at ATF that has more answers than questions on most things, so I was surprised to hear him calling me . . .
One year ago, Washington state’s government passed legislation finally legalizing the ownership of short barreled rifles. That law was duly signed by the governor, and went into effect 90 days later. Since then, the ATF has been happily approving Form 1s (applications to make and register an NFA firearm) for short barreled rifles. That is, until yesterday. It seems that the ATF has now decided to stop approving all Form 1s for SBRs in the state of Washington because, as they claim, the law allows people to purchase — but not MAKE — an SBR. And they’re citing a legal statute to back that up… that doesn’t exist.
Here’s what we know about the shootings at the Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco. Some 170 bikers are still in jail, with bail set at $1m each. We know that cops “returned fire” on the bikers “striking multiple gang members.” We know that nine people are dead. With no word from the Waco coroner on the types of rounds used in the killings – handgun or rifle – we still don’t have an official report on who killed whom, why, when and where. And now washingtonpost.com offers an eyewitness account of the incident. . .