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Gun Owners of America Challenges NFA

From The Truth About Guns:

An appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit was unsuccessful. The court let the lower court convictions stand. Now, however, with help from Gun Owners of America and the Gun Owners Foundation, Kettler has asked the US Supreme Court to hear his appeal.

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ATF’s Continued Bad Rulings

From The Federalist:

As Davis noted, in 2010 the agency said bump stocks weren’t “machineguns,” that a bump stock “performs no automatic function when installed. In order to use the installed device [the bump stock], the shooter must apply constant forward pressure with the non-shooting hand and constant rearward pressure with the shooting hand.”

Rejecting its 2010 determination, the BATFE now says that a bump stock causes a semi-automatic firearm to fire “in a manner that allows the trigger to reset and continue firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter.”

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ATF Changes Accessory Review

From Guns.com:

“Effective immediately, any requests for a determination on how an accessory affects the classification of a firearm under the GCA or NFA must include a firearm with the accessory already installed,” noted ATF. “Except in cases of conditional import determinations, FTISB will not issue a determination on an accessory unless it is attached to the submitted firearm.”

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The Threat Of A Bump Stock Ban

From The Truth About Guns:

I really don’t care much about bump stocks. Well actually, I do and here’s why.

What I really care about is the protection of constitutional liberty and the ownership of personal property. Bump stocks are just the item du jour being targeted. As many of our readers know; I own one as a range toy. For me I don’t need any reason to own a bump stock other than than it brings a smile to my face when I use it.

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NFA Trumps Kansas Law

From Guns.com:

The 10th U.S. Circuit upheld the past convictions of Shane Cox and Jeremy Kettler, who had previously been found guilty of violating federal laws concerning the manufacturing and selling of suppressors. While the men used a defense that they felt at the time that they committed their crime that Kansas state law insulated them from prosecution by the federal government, the court in their 48-page ruling did not concur.

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Enforcing Unconstitutional Laws

From Bearing Arms:

The answer to that is that I believe the laws on the book need to be enforced, even if they’re wrong. They need to be enforced until they’re no longer on the books. By arguing that unconstitutional laws shouldn’t be followed–an argument I understand completely–you open the door for people to make that same argument about any number of other subjects.

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The Trace: 85% Of Bump Stock Comments Against Regulation

The Trace discovered that of all the comments to the ATF on bump stocks 85% were against regulation with a good majority of those comments being unique as opposed to a form letter.

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“Bump Fire” Doesn’t Require A Bump Stock

MAC demonstrates bump fire without a special device:

No external or internal devices were used to increase the rate of fire of this rifle @nationalrifleassociation . This is a bone stock AK with nothing but a finger. STOP the NRA and BATF from changing the law, through the misuse of rule making, to ban “rate increasing devices” like my finger, or @geissele 3-Gun triggers, or even magazines based on their capacity. Jan 25th the ATF is going to announce their rule change, pushed by the NRA, that will leave the door wide open for the next anti-gun administration to impose Canadian type restrictions on Americans with the stroke of a pen, no act of Congress will be required. GET IN THE FIGHT AND TELL THE NRA TO STOP BACKING ANTIGUN LAWS! This video makes Marion Hammer, the NRA Fudd, have nightmares. @gunownersofamerica @coppercustom #triggerpuller #pewpew #guns #mac #2amendment #2a #molonlabe #tactical #firearms #merica #freedom #gunlife #shooting #militaryarms #military #gunporn @weaponsdaily @gunwebsites @gunchannels_ @brownellsinc @gunfreaks #brownells @cameraman.mac #goa #gunownersofamerica @forgedfromfreedom #forgedfromfreedom

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Texas Loosens Regulations on Short Shotguns

From Guns.com:

A provision which lifts the ban on non-National Firearms Act, short-barreled firearms with a pistol grip in Texas will take effect next month.

The modification to the Lone Star State’s firearms laws, HB 1819 makes tweaks to the state’s suppressor regulations as well as making firearms such as the Mossberg 590 Shockwave legal to transfer.

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Military Arms Channel Discusses NFA Repeal

From Military Arms Channel:

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ATF White Paper Leaked, Suggests Sweeping Changes

From The Washington Post:

The “white paper” by Ronald B. Turk, associate deputy director and chief operating officer of the ATF, calls for removing restrictions on the sale of gun silencers; allowing gun dealers to have more guns used in crimes traced to their stores before the federal government requires additional information from the dealer; and initiating a study on lifting the ban on imported assault weapons.

Read the original white paper here.

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Hearing Protection Act Gaining Momentum

From Guns.com:

A bipartisan bill in the U.S. House that would remove firearm suppressors from National Firearms Act regulation after 82 years has picked up a number of new supporters.

Introduced last October by U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., with 10 co-sponsors, the Hearing Protection Act of 2015 last week picked up its 50th lawmaker to sign on in support. This gives the measure the backing of representatives from 29 states including one Democrat, Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon.

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Bill Removes Suppressors From National Firearms Act

From American Suppressor Association:

The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the introduction of the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) by Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05). This historic piece of legislation will remove suppressors from the purview of the National Firearms Act (NFA), replacing the antiquated federal transfer process with an instantaneous NICS background check. The HPA also includes a provision to refund the $200 transfer tax to applicants who purchase a suppressor after October 22, 2015.

 

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ATF “Tweaking” “Sporting” Definition For Ammo

From Gun Rights Examiner:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ classification of pistol grip only firearms with 14” barrels that fire shotgun shells and are over 26” in overall length as neither “shotguns” nor National Firearms Act “Destructive Devices” or “Any Other Weapons” has created a situation wherein the agency must either quietly save face or have it exposed that untold numbers of good faith gun owners currently legally possess firearms problematic for the government to allow. In order for that status quo to continue, ATF, in conjunction with certain members of Congress and lobbying interests, is working at “tweaking” its definition of the arbitrary “sporting use” term, insider sources tell Gun RightsExaminer. And with that will come a push to expand definitions to allow for further importation bans on certain types of presently legal ammunition.

 

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When Is a NICS Check Required?

From Prince Law Offices, P.C.:

It’s no secret that ATF told at least one FFL they need to run a NICS check on trustees picking up NFA firearms on behalf of a trust. In a letter addressed toDakota Silencer, ATF explained:

The term “person” is defined by the GCA at 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(1), to include “any individual, corporation, company, association, firm, partnership, society, or joint stock company.”

ATF has interpreted the GCA exception in sections 922(t)(3)(B) and 478.102(d)(2) to mean that firearms transfers are exempt from a NICS check when they have been approved under the NFA to the person receiving the firearm. Unlike individuals, corporations, partnerships, and associations; unincorporated trusts do not fall within the definition of “person” in the GCA.

Because unincorporated trusts are not “persons” under the GCA, a Federal firearms licensee (FFL) cannot transfer firearms to them without complying with the GCA. Thus, when an FFL transfers an NFA firearm to a trustee or other person acting on behalf of a trust, the transfer is made to this person as an individual (i.e., not as a trust). As the trustee or other person acting on behalf of the trust is not the approved transferee under the NFA, 18 U.S.C. 5812, the trustee or other person acting on behalf of a trust must undergo a NICS check. The individual must also be a resident of the same State as the FFL when receiving the firearm.

There is a lot of technical legal speak in this post but it is fascinating how the government has spun such a tangled web of laws that may actually cancel out or contradict one another.

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