Once again, your favorite merchant of death here with a report on the state of the NFA business and how ATF is making things difficult. Since ATF pulled the plug on electronic form 3’s and form 4’s, dealers have had to go back to paper forms. I actually like that change, for one particular reason . . .
When SIG SAUER introduced the MPX (their 9mm MP5 replacement), the plan was to have a long “muzzle brake” permanently attached to the end of the barrel to produce a “rifle” variant for civilian sales. The gun doesn’t run with long barrels, so it was the only viable solution to allow people to use a stock on their MPX. But there was also a trick: the muzzle brake could be turned into the baffle stack for a silencer by purchasing a proprietary shroud that only SIG can produce, which is legally registered as a silencer, and then affixing it to the gun. The ATF didn’t like that and classified the whole thing as a silencer, even the bare muzzle brake. SIG called bullshit and sued the ATF. Now it looks like that lawsuit is on hold, pending a re-examination . . .
She was amazing…for reasons other than what your gutter-dwelling minds are capable of comprehending. I had to call ATF’s NFA branch for an opinion today. If anyone is wondering, it is the ATF’s opinion that it’s a bad idea to apply for a Form 4 transfer for an item that’s not yours yet but inbound on Form 4. After clearing that up we got to the topic of the current queue length at the NFA Branch . . .
Ever since the 1980s, new machine guns have been forbidden from being transferred to anyone except licensed dealers with special permission from the local constabulary. It’s a de facto machine gun ban, since the existing civilian-legal machine guns have become so expensive to own that only the very rich can afford them. With the recent spike in interest in NFA items and the advent of gun trusts the ATF (at the request of the White House) has been looking for ways to “crack down” on trusts without the inconvenience of congressional action. According to one lawyer, a recent ruling by the ATF may have accidentally opened the door for trusts to make and register brand new machine guns. . .
“Authorities partially closed a downtown Minneapolis freeway briefly Tuesday morning as they executed a “high risk” traffic stop to detain a motorist who allegedly brandished a gun at another driver.” Uh oh. Road rage! “The incident began about 6:40 a.m. on eastbound I-694 in Brooklyn Park, where a motorist called police to report that another driver was displaying a gun.” The cops finally nabbed the irresponsible motorist, shutting down half of I-94 in Minneapolis for safety while they made the arrest. See? This is why civilians can’t be trusted with guns! They just don’t have the training or capacity to handle the responsibility. How many times do we have to make the point that . . .
Maybe we got off on the wrong foot. Since you took the time to read my article, I took the time to read yours and I come to the following conclusion: we’re not going to get along. We’re not going to get along because your article is right for a few reasons and very wrong for a many more reasons. Lets start from the top . . .
The process for obtaining any NFA item, be it a silencer or a machine gun, is frustrating enough if everything goes according to plan. But when your local Chief Law Enforcement Officer refuses to sign off on the paperwork to even begin the process, everything falls apart. For those whose CLEOs refuse to sign paperwork it’s a de facto ban on legal firearms, and the Oklahoma legislature passed a bill to ensure that such a situation would never happen within its borders. OK’s governor, however, was not on board with that common sense gun law reform. Thankfully, the Oklahoma legislature has just voted to overturn that veto . . .
Historically, the number of federal firearms license holders has roughly corresponded to general political and social trends within the US When there’s a high demand for firearms, the number of FFLs goes up. At certain points in time, politicians have sought to reduce the number of FFLs for this very reason. But if Americans are anything, they’re resourceful. Despite regulatory roadblocks thrown up and the bureaucrat machinations of the ATF, people will demand more firearms, especially when they believe certain models or classes of guns are in danger of being banned . . .
It seems like every silencer manufacturer has their own silencer mount/flash hider thing. AAC has their 51-tooth adapter, Gemtech has their lug-based mount and Surefire has their odd smooth muzzle brake. It’s a necessity in a world where silencers are expensive and the regulatory rigmarole surrounding them is so tedious as to make babies cry, where people generally buy one silencer and use it on all of their guns. But that’s not the world that Kevin Brittingham, founder of AAC and new head of SIG’s R&D envisions . . .
TTAG has just received the following email from the ATF about the current status of the National Firearms Act branch, the group responsible for approving the paperwork needed to own fun stuff like silencers and short barreled firearms in the United States. The long and the short of it is that they’ve hired yet more staff and they are finally making a dent in the backlog of paperwork, but it’s going to be a long slog ahead until they are caught up. Wait times are currently running about 10 months for Form 4 applications to come back, and with the eForms system now permanently down until the new and improved version comes online there’s little hope of any meaningful improvement in the short term. But the new staff and the improved eForms system that is being promised seems like a light at the end of the tunnel. Eventually.
I had an interesting experience with my local CLEO today. They, in conjunction with a customer that had no idea what they were doing and decided to disregard all of the instructions that I gave him, created a paperwork mess of biblical proportions. For starters, it always surprises me when I hand someone a list of instructions with everything they need to do to get ATF Form 4 approved properly…and they don’t follow it. It’s pretty simple really. That’s why I love customers who are commercial airplane pilots . . . Continue Reading
Without a doubt, the SIG SAUER MPX rifle is one of the coolest things to be unveiled in the last couple years. It’s a pistol caliber carbine that has all of the same controls as an AR-15 and feels just ever-so-pleasant to hold. But while the gun itself is cool, one of the best things about it is that the civilian version has the same barrel length as the military and law enforcement versions, but with a gigantic muzzle brake out front to bring it up to the required 16″ in length. And not only is it a functional muzzle brake, SIG claims that you could buy a shroud for the brake later on a form 4 (as a registered silencer) that slots over it to turn it into a silencer — a part they will happily sell you down the road. Except there’s a problem . . .