Category: ATF

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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BREAKING: Ares Armor Raided by ATF

Despite being granted a restraining order, the ATF has apparently raided San Diego area firearms parts seller Ares Armor anyway. Ares sells 80% lowers which the ATF has classified as “firearms.” The ATF has been pressuring Ares to turn over their sales records or lose them in a raid. Given the threats, earlier this week Ares moved for and was granted a restraining order against such a raid. But the above YouTube video appears to show ATF agents rummaging through Ares, apparently confiscating inventory and, you’d have to assume, their computers and customers records. This video is the only evidence we’ve been able to find of a raid so far. Stay tuned. [h/t DrVino]

Ares Armor Holds Off ATF Raid – For Now

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“An Oceanside store that sells various gun parts to build a rifle from scratch warded off a federal raid Wednesday.” That from fox5sandiego.com, describing some legal fancy footwork done by Ares Armor. What’s their alleged crime? Other than selling 80% lowers – which the ATF has apparently now has deemed “firearms” – made by EP Armory, not much. That, and the fact that the ATF would love to get their hands on the names of people who’ve bought them. The firearms regulators had been pressuring Ares for their customer list for almost two years. And when they didn’t get anywhere, they began to threaten Ares with a raid to take whatever they want . . .

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