January 28, 2011

ATF Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns - A Saiga Ban?

The ATF Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns was published today.

Many of you have been following the supposed ban on imported Shotguns like the Saiga that was announced by the ATF during the Shot Show in Las Vegas last week. Instead ATF announced a study which may some a little extra time to purchase these firearms before a ban goes into place and states that

A change in ATF's position on practical shooting has potential implications for rifle and handgun classifications as well. Therefore, the working group believes that a more thorough and complete assessment is necessary before ATF can consider practical shooting as a generally recognized sporting purpose.

The items that ATF believes are not suitable for a sporting purpose are:

(1) Folding, telescoping, or collapsible stocks;
(2) bayonet lugs;
(3) flash suppressors;
(4) magazines over 5 rounds, or a drum magazine;
(5) grenade-launcher mounts;
(6) integrated rail systems (other than on top of the receiver or barrel);
(7) light enhancing devices;
(8) excessive weight (greater than 10 pounds for 12 gauge or smaller);
(9) excessive bulk (greater than 3 inches in width and/or greater than 4 inches in depth); (10) forward pistol grips or other protruding parts designed or used for gripping the shotgun with the shooter's extended hand.

Our determinations will in no way preclude the importation of true sporting shotguns. While it will certainly prevent the importation of certain shotguns, we believe that those shotguns containing the enumerated features cannot be fairly characterized as "sporting" shotguns under the statute. Therefore, it is the recommendation of the working group that shotguns with any of the characteristics or features listed above not be authorized for importation.

shotgun-atf.jpgThe report has some interesting charts and pictures. I noticed that in the Shotgun Stock Style Comparison, they show many firearms and name them, but the one they do not name is not a stock Saiga but has been modified as the trigger has been moved forward and a separate pistol grip has been added. It looks like the rumored ban on the Saiga's will happen so if you want one, you time may be limited.

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What is unknown at this time is what or how ATF will treat those items that are already in the US. Since most shot guns have a bore size greater than 1/2 an inch we could see some devices classified as destructive devices. The ATF is asking for comments and I have included their information below. Please review the study and respond.

Update: Joshua Prince a Pennsylvania Gun Trust Lawyer® has also written a summary of the report that can be found here

All interested persons may submit comments on this study. Comments may be submitted by e-mail to shotgunstudy@atf.gov or by fax to (202)648-9601. Faxed comments may not exceed 5 pages. All comments must include name and mailing address. ATF encourages submission of comments no later than May 1, 2011.
January 27, 2011

Taurus Raging Judge - NFA Firearm or not?

ragingjudge.jpgLast week Taurus introduced the Raging Judge a 28 Gauge Revolver. There are conflicting reports as to if this item will be restricted under the NFA by the ATF and whether if restricted, Taurus will make the firearm available. Many are reporting that because the bore size is around a 55 caliber that it might be restricted as a Destructive Device or a SBS. Recently the ATF came out with a new classification of firearm called a smooth bore pistol grip firearm. I think if it ends up being restricted that the ATF will restrict it as an AOW because it is less than 26" and seems to fit the same category as the Serbu Super Shorty.

January 27, 2011

Defiance Suppressor a Swiss Made Adjustable Silencer

Currently this Suppressor is manufactured overseas, but KRISS is bringing the manufacturing to the United States so that it can be sold here. They have estimated the price at around $500 but final pricing will be set later this year.

Often much of the noise when using a suppressor comes from the slide movement. This suppressor can be adjusted so the slide will not move. It also has an 12 position indexing ring to correct for drift from a silencer. It is adjustable so that you can set it differently for each firearm.

January 22, 2011

CLEO Signature costs $150 in Anchorage Alaska

machine-guns.jpgThanks to the Alaska Machine Gun Association for letting us know about this. The Municipality of Anchorage has just imposed at $150 fee, effective 1 Jan 11, to process BATFE forms for CLEO signature.

Many might think that this is a Tax on a Tax and would violate Alaska's preemption statute.

While CLEO sign off is often the initial reason individuals begin to look at trusts, We have found that the other advantages of a NFA trust are the overriding reason most end up using a NFA Firearms trust over a revocable trust.

If you want more information on a NFA trust in Alaska or any state contact an Alaska Gun Trust Lawyer®

January 19, 2011

NFATCA - National Firearms Act Trade & Collectors Association

nfatca_logo.gifThe National Firearms Act Trade & Collectors Association (NFATCA) is the only organization that champions the interests of the entire NFA community. It doesn't matter if you are a collector, a dealer, manufacturer, importer or just an enthusiast. We take on the issues that no other organization would even consider.

If you own or are planning on owning NFA firearms you should consider joining this organization.

January 19, 2011

Shot Show Daily - Day 1

One of the biggest trade shows in the world is going on this week in Las Vegas. Here is an online link to the daily news from the show.

January 13, 2011

Purchase of Previously Manufactured NFA Firearm under a Form 1

sbr-silencer.jpgIf you are purchasing a Firearm that was previously manufactured under a Form 1 it may contain the engraving of the previous owner. Since this item was previously manufactured, you will be using an ATF Form 4 and not an ATF Form 1 to transfer this item and as such it will require no engraving on your part.

January 11, 2011

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot & Trade Show - June 25th & 26th

It may not be as big as Knob Creek, but looks like fun if you are in the area. Check out the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot & Trade Show


January 3, 2011

Civilian Ownership of Silencers or Suppressors

silencer_map.gifAWC, a silencer manufacture had a nice map of where currently legal to own.

Silencers are legal for civilian ownership in the following states Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri (C&R Required), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Civilian ownership is prohibited in the District of Columbia and the following states: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

December 19, 2010

BATFE Requests "Emergency" Authority To Track Semi-Automatic Rifle Sales

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has proposed that it be given emergency authority for six months, beginning January 5, to require about 8,500 firearms dealers along the border with Mexico "to alert authorities when they sell within five consecutive business days two or more semiautomatic rifles greater than .22 caliber with detachable magazines." A Washington Post story reporting on the BATFE proposal described that definition as being applicable to "so-called assault weapons," but it would also apply to many rifles that have never been labeled with that term.

The reporting requirement will apparently be imposed under the "authority" the BATFE has used in the past to demand reporting of other types of transactions from certain limited groups of dealers over the past 10 years, but the new proposal is far broader than any previous use of this authority. Of course, there's no law today that prevents dealers from reporting suspicious transactions (or attempted transactions) to the BATFE, and dealers often do so. The BATFE is also free to inspect dealers' sales records--either for annual compliance inspections or during a criminal investigation.

December 14, 2010

M4: Silenced and Wet fire comparisons

Larry Vickers demonstrates the advantages of a Suppressor and using water to make it even quieter.

December 14, 2010

Thinking of a New SBR? Check out the AAC 300 BLACKOUT

Check out the new 300 AAC Blackout from Advanced Armament Corp.

Introducing the Advanced Armament Corp. 300 AAC BLACKOUT (300BLK). This system was developed to launch 30 caliber projectiles from the AR platform without a reduction in magazine capacity and compatible with the standard bolt.

Full power 123 grain ammunition matches the ballistics of the 7.62x39mm AK, has 37% more energy than 5.56mm M855, and 9% more than 6.8 SPC TAP 110. In fact, from a 9 inch barrel, the 300BLK has more muzzle energy than 5.56mm M855 from a 16 inch barrel. When 300 BLK is used in a 16 inch barrel, it has 23% more energy than 5.56mm M855 from a 16 inch barrel - with much higher-mass projectiles for a more dramatic effect on the target. Or choose subsonic cartridges for optimal use with a sound suppressor - 220 grain Sierra OTM (open-tip match) bullets vastly outperforms a 9mm MP5-SD in penetration and long range accuracy.

Due to the high efficiency of the cartridge, less powder is used than 5.56mm, which results in a rifle that is a comfortable to shoot - even with a short barrel.

Reloading dies available from Forster products, Reamers and headspace guages available from Pacific Tool and Gauge.

December 13, 2010

Six Great Gifts for Gun Lovers

Hard to believe this article comes out of Chicago. After a plug for the iPad (a great non-firearm gift) WIlliam Spain at MarketWatch has some recommendations for firearms enthusiasts:

  1. The Traditional Rifle
  2. The Riding Shotgun
  3. A Lever Action Rifle
  4. The Taurus Judge or Public Defender
  5. A Gun Safe

I would add a Silencer, SBR, or Machine Gun.

December 6, 2010

Michigan Petition Regarding NFA Firearms and Restrictions

I received an email from Daren Lott who let me know about a Petition in Michigan to clarify the laws regarding NFA firearms and have the AG address issues that were not addressed in his previous opinion. Follow this link to find out more about the petition or to see the details read the rest of the article.

Note
We do have lawyers in Michigan we are working with to form Michigan Gun Trusts and have not experienced any problems with them.

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December 6, 2010

Wyoming Gun Trust Lawyer® for TItle II, Class 3 Firearms

wyoming-gun-trust-lawyer.jpgWe now have a relationship with a Wyoming NFA Gun Trust Lawyer® who can provide NFA Trusts for Wyoming residents. If you live in Cheyenne, Laramie, Sheridan, Casper, Rawlins, Buffalo, Gillette, Evanston, Riverton, Cody, Jackson Hole or anywhere in Wyoming, contact a Gun Trust Lawyer® to find out more about a Wyoming Gun Trust.