Confirmed: VA Gunman Bought His Gun Legally, Passed Background Check


By Brandon via

The firearm used in yesterday’s horrific shooting was purchased legally by the gunman after he passed a federal background check. ABC News reported late last night: “The ATF says the disgruntled former reporter who killed a television reporter and a cameraman legally purchased the gun. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Thomas Faison said Vester Lee Flanagan legally bought the gun used to kill Alison Parker and Adam Ward. They were doing a live broadcast Wednesday morning when they were shot to death.” . . .

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ATF May Soon Reclassify Some Machine Guns as “Post Sample” and Non-Transferrable


When the Hughes Amendment to the National Firearms Act came out, all hell broke loose. May 19th 1986 would be the very last day that anyone could legally register a machine gun, and after that date no individual would be allowed to manufacture a new one.In response the manufacturers put the coals to their production lines, cranking out every last serialized part they could muster and trying to get them registered before the arbitrary cut-off date. According to sources within the ATF it looks like some of those legally registered machine guns may soon be re-classified from their current perfectly legal and transferable status to a “post sample” status where individuals may no longer posses or transfer them. Here’s the crux of the issue . . .

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ATF Mailbag: We Have Questions, They Have Form Letters


A few months ago I was having a conversation with TTAG’s very own aviation science specialist, Nick Leghorn, on the subject of guns and the FAA and how things mix between the two. That gave me an idea since a small part of my business caters to pilots who are on the go, who know what they want, and work on a tight schedule. I began wondering how much governmental identification the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) could produce that would be acceptable to a different part of the same government? In short: Would documentation and ID manufactured by the Department of Transportation be acceptable to the Department of Justice? We live in a strange world with no clear answers, so I set out to find out more. You know, for science . . .

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ATF Adds Credit Card Payment Option to NFA Forms


As if you weren’t already giving the ATF too much information on the Form 4 (that’s the application for a tax-paid transfer of an NFA item, like a silencer) or a Form 1 (the application to make and register an NFA item), the ATF has just added a brand new section to the paperwork that allows you to pay by credit card. Previously applicants to the ATF needed to submit their $200 tax fee either with a check or money order when filing using paper copies. But this latest change adds the same ability to put that $200 tax on your AmEx that electronic Form 1 filers have been enjoying for about a year now. The new forms are already available online, and I’ve just used the new Form 4 on a Dead Air Armament Sandman silencer that arrived for me at my FFL. There’s just one wrinkle . . .

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Garland, TX Muhammad Cartoon Shooter Bought Fast & Furious Gun


Fast & Furious, the laughably described “failed sting operation” run by the bumbling ATF and Eric Holder’s Justice Department resulted in the deaths of dozens of Mexican nationals and US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. That we know of. Now reports that Nadir Soofi, one of the shooters in the spectacular failure that was the attack on a Garland, Texas “draw Muhammad” cartoon contest, bought a Fast and Furious gun, too . . .

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ATF Re-Classifies Certain Flares and 40mm Chalk Rounds as Explosives, Begins Confiscation


The ATF is on a bit of a hit streak when it comes to random reclassifications. First they arbitrarily and capriciously changed their collective mind on the pistol stabilizing brace. Then they tried to ban M855 ammunition by branding it as “armor piercing.” Now it seems that they are turning their gaze upon some of the less common items and applying their similarly capricious thought processes. The latest targets are types of projectiles which can be fired from 40mm grenade launchers, specifically parachute flares and chalk practice rounds. And their ruling could soon be expanded to include all ammunition bigger than 1/2 inch in diameter . . .

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BATFE Is Indeed Denying SBR Form 1s for WA Residents

denial-form1Three months and one week after e-filing my Form 1 to turn that Lancer L15 into a short barreled rifle, I finally received the expected disapproval notice from the ATF (Nick gave us the heads up while my form was still pending). Unfortunately, after speaking to some folks in the know — FFL-07 + SOTs, those deeply involved in 2A politics in Washington State here, etc. — it does seem like the ATF’s interpretation of current Washington law is correct. When the state’s law banning the possession of SBRs was amended, going into effect almost exactly a year ago, it seemed that the intent was to simply defer to federal law on the subject. However, what happened was. . .

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NFA Wait Time Skyrockets 200%


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 . . .

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