Our northwestern correspondent, Chris Dumm, has been struck almost, well, dumb. It seems that our friends at the ATF have proposed a common sense change to the firearm import permitting rigamarole that actually makes some common sense. Here’s Chris’s breathless email to our fearless leader. . .
I read through the notice and the proposed rule, and this actually looks like a good thing. From the ATFE. I’m almost dead from shock, really.
Currently, firearms importers have to apply for a firearm/ammo import permit from the ATFE, and then they have to jam the whole contract’s worth of guns and stuff through the sales contract AND inspection AND shipping AND customs within 12 months. If there’s a glitch and they don’t get it done in 12 months, their permit expires and it’s a PITA to ask for an extention even though they’re almost always granted.
This new rule would see the ATFE issuing 24-month import licenses instead of 12-month licenses, so there wouldn’t be as much of a rush on the importers and less of a monitoring and approval burden on the ATFE itself.
Odd that Holder would propose this; maybe it has something to do with the shitloads of M1 Garands soon to return from Korea?
Color us surprised. Happily. Anything that makes the import process easier should lead to more gun choices at a lower cost. Theoretically, anyway.
Here’s a link to the relevant legalese in the federal register containing the proposal. You needed some sleep anyway, right? It all boils down to this paragraph.
This proposed rule does not impose any new reporting or recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act. ATF Form 6 currently states that a permit is valid for 12 months from the Director’s date of approval, which is specified on the permit. If this proposed rule is adopted, the ATF Form 6 will be revised under currently approved OMB control number 1140–0005 to reflect the 2 year (24 months) amended period of validity for import permits.
Sorry, but I have to get my shotgun. The dogs are barking at all those pigs flying around outside my window.