WASHINGTON D.C. –-(Ammoland.com)-The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has halted all issuances of new opinion letters to any company submitting samples for “non-firearms” items.
JSD Supply sent an email to the ATF inquiring about its request for an opinion letter from The Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division (FATD) about its new unfinished Smith and Wesson M&P, CZ Scorpion Evo, and Sig Sauer p365 products. The ATF informed the company that FATD will not be issuing any new letters on unfinished receivers and frames until the final decision to implement or not to implement the new proposed ATF rules that the agency submitted to the Federal Registry.
The Biden administration has tasked the ATF with writing and implementing new regulations on unfinished frames and receivers, which the administration refers to as “ghost guns.” The administration also has given the same order to the ATF regarding pistol stabilizing braces. Most gun rights advocates claim that these moves are to get around Congress and make de facto new gun control laws. They view the ATF as an out-of-control government agency.
Unfinished receivers and pistol stabilizing brace have never been illegal in the Country. Even before the founding of the Nation, colonists have been making their own homemade firearms. The ATF has consistently pushed back against groups and States that demanded that the ATF require serialization of these unfinished frames and receivers. California and other states have sued the ATF over the definition of a firearm which these items do not fall into under current rules. The States believes that these items that are often referred to as “80%s” should be serialized.
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