Steve Dettelbach
President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Steve Dettelbach (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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From the NSSF . . .

NSSF, the firearm industry trade association, listened with keen interest to President Joe Biden’s nomination of Steve Dettelbach for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). NSSF has long-advocated that the ATF needs a U.S. Senate-confirmed director, and that person must be an individual who will faithfully execute the duties of regulating the firearm industry in accordance with established laws and regulations.

Any nominee for this position of public trust, that has direct oversight of how law-abiding Americans are able to exercise their Second Amendment rights, must be a person wedded to the rule of law, and one that will not politicize the ATF to advance a partisan gun control agenda that exceeds what is established in law by the U.S. Congress.

NSSF is committed to a thorough examination of Dettelbach’s record and qualifications and will listen carefully to his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. NSSF has significant concerns regarding Dettelbach’s previous public statements supporting bans on Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs), or AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, universal background checks, which are unworkable without a national firearm registry that is already forbidden by federal law, and extreme-risk protection orders, or so-called “red flag” laws, without protections for Due Process considerations. Dettelbach was also previously endorsed by the gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, for his support for policies restricting Second Amendment rights.

NSSF is also closely monitoring the submission of the Final Rule by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to redefine frames and receivers, which would significantly alter the sale and possession of not only personally-made firearms (PFMs) but numerous other types and models as well.

NSSF will review the Final Rule carefully to see if DOJ listened and took into consideration the industry’s comments that were submitted. As proposed, this rule radically alters the manufacturing and compliance processes for manufacturers of traditional firearms, not just the making of incomplete, unfinished parts Congress has not chosen to regulate.

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  1. let me save you some time. if he was nominated by this regime, he has a definite agenda and it’s not good

  2. “NSSF will review the Final Rule carefully to see if DOJ listened and took into consideration the industry’s comments that were submitted. As proposed, this rule radically alters the manufacturing and compliance processes for manufacturers of traditional firearms, not just the making of incomplete, unfinished parts Congress has not chosen to regulate.”

    The ATF didn’t listen, they may have pretended to do so but with Biden driving that train the only one they listened to was Biden.

    Its not just unfinished parts. Its also finished uppers of the AR-15, even those commercially manufactured as part of the whole gun or separately. The upper is also going to be considered a firearm under the new rules, these will require serial numbers and they are not manufactured with serial numbers because prior to this it wasn’t considered a firearm and there was no requirement for serial numbers. Which means when these rules go into effect millions of law abiding citizens with legally purchased and transferred AR-15’s or uppers for them will be transformed into criminal felons overnight in possession of an illegal ‘ghost gun’ firearm.

    • Biden essentially banned millions of AR-15’s held by, still as of right now, law abiding gun owners even those in states that already have restrictions (e.g. California) – by making them illegal “ghost guns” under the new rules because the uppers don’t have serial numbers. This will make them subject to confiscation seizure (without warrant) and the owners (possibly, but most probably if they are not surrendered voluntarily) subject to arrest and prosecution for felony charges.

      • This also paves the way for a national gun registry without it being officially a national gun registry. If the ATF decides that people with universalized uppers on their AR-15’s can get them serialized they will need to be transferred to an FFL, a background check run, and transferred back to the individual. At which point the firearm will become ‘registered’ in the ATF records like they are now when you buy a firearm.

      • What about the firearms that were manufactured as firearms before the law about serial numbers? Many companies in the 1800s and early 1900s did not put serial numbers on, even up to 1968. The lessor known brands, the brands that were made under contract by the larger companies(nameplate change), and even big companies put the serial number under the grips or in another hidden place.

        • From what I read in the Final Rule on the ATF site, if you take it in to a shop to be repaired, have an optic mounted, etc. etc. they will be required to put a permanent serial number on it and submit the paperwork to ATF, in addition to keeping a permanent record of it in the shop file (electronic or paper or both). I think it would be wise to not take it to a shop for any reason. I have a couple of those un-serialized old guns, and I’ve learned how to do whatever I need do to maintain them. It’s time we all learned how to care for all our guns, before it’s too late.

  3. here comes dettelbach. there goes psircleback.
    it’s overreacharound.
    with little tiny stamping kits to duplicate the lower number onto the upper. no more swappability.

  4. Call your R senators, everyone! Sink this guy like Chipman.

    Keep up the pressure! We still have multiple more years to oppose the citizen-disarmism of the regime propping up Biden. No letting up!

  5. Can anyone explain how a serial number on a firearm is some sort of magical talisman that somehow prevents it from being used in a crime? Or will somehow identify who used it in a crime?
    Most firearms used by criminals are stolen, or street guns that have changed hands more often than most folks change socks.
    This, like much of what the current occupant in the Oval Office is doing, an end run around the law to push the Marxist/Fascist/Socialist/progressive agenda.

    • Serial numbers can be used to find the original owner.
      I guess the original owner could tell the inquisitors who he sold the gunm too, then they could send the enforcers on a wild goose chase.

      • Then again they might make up a law where the original owner is responsible for what happens with the stuff he sales.

        • In a manner of speaking, that law already exists. Sell a gun to a felon or anyone else on the prohibited lists, let them get caught using or possessing it and see what happens, especially if you live in a “blue” state or city…

    • Oldman, no a serial number won’t prevent a crime. Only a fool would believe that. Rarely, it can sometimes lead back to the person that used it in a crime. I’ll tell you what a serial number can do. It can lead to the return of a lost or stolen firearm to the owner. I’ve returned firearms to people because they had the foresight to write their serial number down. Had a very valuable firearm, on several levels, returned to me because of the serial number. Remember, the only thing that distinguishes your particular firearm from all the others like it made that day is the serial number. That said, the government only really needs to know that number when I decide to give it to them.

  6. No need to take a closer look.

    A violent mob hunted a woman at the University of Buffalo, threatening to beat her because she invited Allen West to speak at the Campus.

    Maybe we should do the same for all of Brandon’s nominees.

    Hey, trolls and FBI traitors, this is sarcasm!!! Just pointing out how you glorify violence and political persecution while we follow God and the US Constitution. We will win.

    • Notice how the people demanding that we address them as some unconventional, made up pronoun are the actual bullies and bigots.

      “At its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary, and hateful. It basically gives mean people a shield to be mean and cruel, armored in false virtue.” -Elon Musk

  7. When he goes before the committee someone should ask him if he is willing to go with law enforcement when they have to confiscate someone’s firearms and his job will be to knock on the door and explain why they are there. After all, if he is going to take anti 2nd Amendment positions and ask other to put their lives on the line, I think he ought to lead by example.

  8. We’ll see if he can get by the question that took out Chipman: You’ve called for an “assault weapon ban” — how do you define an “assault weapon?” A similar question can be asked about ‘ghost guns.’


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