August 2011 Archives

August 23, 2011

Silencers Sold Per State on Form 4s

THe BATFE defines a fiscal year as October 1 - September 30 of the following year. The NSSF has compiled a chart showing the number of silencers sold in the past few years. Over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of silencers transferred in most states. In 2008 there were slightly more than 15,000 silencers and by the end of fiscal year 2010 there were more than 22,000 silencers transferred.
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August 16, 2011

Florida Passes Pro 2nd Amendment Legislation: Penalties for Violating Firearms Preemption Law

Starting October 1st, any public official who passes or enforces gun regulations below the state level. State officials who enact or enforce local gun laws in violation face a $5,000 personal fine and could even be removed from office by the governor.

The new law is called the Penalties for Violating Firearms Preemption Law, the new statute forces the repeal of any and all regulations, policies, and ordinances that violate the firearms preemption law of 1987. We are already hearing that the passage is having an impact on town and county officials who are scrambling to come into compliance by the October 1 deadline.

The Orlando Sentinel reported on the changes now underway that:

"Orange County employees have started removing 'no firearms' signs at county parks, and soon they'll probably black out the same words on brochures. In Groveland, leaders recently erased from the books an ordinance that banned firing a gun into the air....in Boca Raton, the "no guns allowed" sign has come down at City Hall. In Lake County, commissioners recently deleted a provision in an ordinance that would have banned firearms on public lands, including its parks."
August 8, 2011

ATF Ruling:Rifles Configured From Pistols, and Offers Q&A's Related to Multiple Long Gun Reporting

Pistols Configured from Rifles; Rifles Configured from Pistols
ATF has issued a new Ruling regarding Pistols Configured from Rifles; Rifles Configured from Pistols

ATF Rule 2011-4

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received requests from individuals to classify pistols that are reconfigured into rifles, for personal use, through the addition of barrels, stocks, and other parts and then returned to a pistol configuration by removal of those components. Specifically, ATF has been asked to determine whether such a pistol, once returned to a pistol configuration from a rifle, becomes a "weapon made from a rifle" as defined under the National Firearms Act (NFA).

After a bunch of analysis, the ATF found the following

Held, a firearm, as defined by the National Firearms Act (NFA), 26 U.S.C. 5845(a)(3), is made when un-assembled parts are placed in close proximity in such a way that they:

(a) Serve no useful purpose other than to make a rifle having a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length (e.g., a receiver, an attachable shoulder stock, and barrel of less than 16 inches in length); or
(b) Convert a complete weapon into such an NFA firearm, including -

  1. A pistol and attachable shoulder stock; and

  2. A rifle with a barrel of 16 inches or more in length, and an attachable barrel of less than 16 inches in length.


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