Category: ATF

UPDATE: ATF Issues Letter About Multiple Uploads, Silencer Shop Already In Compliance

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As we reported, the ATF seems to be singling out the activities of Austin’s Silencer Shop as one of the culprits for their e-Forms website being… well… terrible. We posted the email earlier this afternoon where they outline a new reboot schedule that takes the system offline for nearly half the day, and now we have confirmation of an additional attachment that was apparently sent only to SOT/FFL holders and not to Form 1 registered users (like me). The gist of the letter is that the batch uploads were breaking the system, and after reviewing the letter Silencer Shop says their methods are now in compliance and they can keep rolling with the batch uploads.

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GRNC Objects to ATF’s Proposed Expansion of “Mental Health Institution” Definition

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March 26, 2014

Mr. George M. Fodor
Room 6.N-S23, Enforcement Programs and Services
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
U.S. Department of Justice
99 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC, 20226

Re:             Docket No. ATF 51P

GRNC comment on proposed redefinition of “committed to a mental institution”

Dear Mr. Fodor:

Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) was created in 1994 as an independent, all-volunteer, 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving constitutional freedoms. Many of the organization’s projects are devoted to defending the individual right to keep and bear arms. GRNC submits this comment on the ATF’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the redefinition of the statutory phrase “committed to a mental institution” in the Gun Control Act of 1968[1] (GCA). GRNC opposes the proposal, and offers a more appropriate definition . . .

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ATF to Halt NFA Batch Processing, Re-Design eForms System

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A few days ago we reported on the assertion by the ATF and a couple of FFL holders that one of the reasons the ATF’s new NFA paperwork processing system is almost completely unusable at times is that Austin’s Silencer Shop is killing it by automating the uploading all of their paperwork in a very short time frame. The Silencer Shop disagreed, saying that they have timed their activities to have the least impact possible on the rickety system and actually free up resources for other FFL/SOTs to do their business. The ATF, however, still seems dead-set on putting the kibosh on batch processing, and is about to break out the rulers and start smacking some wrists . . .

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ATF Jumped the Gun on “Silencer”

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By Dan McCue [Republished with permission from courthousenews.com]

Uncle Sam arbitrarily classified a new device as a firearm silencer without sufficient review or a decent explanation why, a federal judge’s somewhat scathing opinion states. ”In any agency review case, a reviewing court is generally obligated to uphold a reasonable agency decision that is the product of a rational agency process,” U.S. District Judge John Bates wrote Wednesday. “This is not a high bar. But in this case, ATF fails to clear it.” Innovator Enterprises Inc. brought the complaint as the creator of the “Stabilizer Brake,” a device that attaches to the muzzle of a rifle with the intent of substantially reducing the firearm recoil and redirecting noise away from the shooter toward the target, among other things . . .

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FFLs Claim Austin’s Silencer Shop is Single-Handedly Crashing ATF’s E-Forms System

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When the ATF announced that they were launching a digital system for submitting the paperwork required to own and sell National Firearms Act regulated devices (gear like silencers and machine guns), there was much rejoicing. The old paper system was causing massive bottlenecks and the time and energy the ATF puts into digitizing those records before they are approved could be much better used stamping documents and mailing them back out. It promised to slice processing times down to a bare minimum. And for the first couple months people were getting their approved Form 4′s back in 60 days or less. But somewhere along the way . . .

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