March 21, 2011

Utah now has a State Gun

utah-state-gun.jpgUtah is the first state to add an official state firearm -- the John M. Browning-designed M1911 pistol, becoming the first state in the nation to have one, according to the state legislator who sponsored the law.

State Rep. Carl Wimmer, a Republican who was a police officer and SWAT team commander, came up with the idea for a state firearm last year after hearing about how Pennsylvania lawmakers wanted to make the Pennsylvania long rifle its official state firearm, Wimmer told CNN on Friday.

February 11, 2011

How to purchase a Title II Firearm from an out of state person.

When you are purchasing a silencer, SBR, SBS, Machine Gun, AOW, or DD from an out of state resident there are two ways of accomplishing the transfer.

The first and slower way is to do a Form 4 transfer to a local Class 3 SOT dealer. Once this is approved a tax free transfer can be made from that dealer to one in the purchaser's state and then a second Form 4 transfer can be done from the buyer's dealer to the buyer. This will involved 2 transfer fees and generally each dealer will charge a fee for the paperwork and transfer.

The second method involves transferring it directly on a Form 4 to the buyers Class 3 dealer who is located in the same state as the buyer. Once this is approved a second Form 4 transfer can take place from the dealer to the buyer. This will involve 2 transfer fees and fees from the single dealer. This method should be quicker since the dealer to dealer transfer is eliminated.

February 4, 2011

Individual Sentenced to more than 8 Years in Prison for Illegal Machine Guns...

doj-seal-color-90x90.jpgThe US Department of Justice today announced that

A man in Berlin, Connecticut, was sentenced to 101 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing machine guns, a sawed-off shotgun, silencers, grenades and improvised explosive devices or IEDs.

These items are controlled by the National Firearms Act and you must purchase them using a Form 4 or manufacture them with a Form 1 and pay the tax. If you are in possession of them, are using them, or sell them without complying with the requirements you can face prison sentences and fines.

A NFA Firearms Trust can help you protect yourself and your family from improper possession and other issues such as constructive possession. Contact a Gun Trust Lawyer® for more information on What a Gun Trust is and how you may benefit from one.

February 2, 2011

2011 Edition of Traveler's Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States

The 2011 edition contains over 90 changes from last year's edition including:
2011-firearms-guide.jpg* 50 new sections detailing handgun carry in restaurants that serve alcohol
* New section detailing carry in Semi-tractor trailers
* Complete redraft of state pages making information even more "user friendly"
* Coverage of states that require permit holders to inform police officers of permit status
* 14 states added over 50 other states to their reciprocity/recognition lists
* 3 states enacted laws allowing recognized permits to carry in restaurants serving alcohol
* 3 states began allowing concealed carry by recognized permit holders in state parks
* 3 states liberalized their laws for vehicle carry of a handgun
* A third state now allows concealed carry without a permit
* 1 state redrafted its firearm laws to better serve gun owners
* 1 state became "shall issue" and recognizes all out-of-state permits
* 2 states enacted new self-defense civil immunity laws
* 2 states dropped 3 other states that were previously recognized from their lists
* 1 state added a preemption law for local regulation of concealed carry by recognized permits

AND MANY MORE!

To find out more or to purchase the 2011 book click here.

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.

saiga-atf.jpg

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.