The Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation that would lift the state’s ban on short-barreled shotguns and rifles.

Senate Bill 610 would align Michigan with more than 40 other states that allow residents to own such guns if they meet federal requirements.

The current Michigan regulations prohibit people from manufacturing, selling, offering for sale or possessing a short-barreled shotgun or rifle. There is an exception allowing ownership of an antique gun unlikely to be used as a weapon. Often if the gun is modified it no longer remains the C&R status of an antique gun.

Today we were on the Tom Gresham’s radio show Gun Talk talking about the proposed changes to procedure used by the ATF for obtaining approvals for Form 1s and Form 4s. While talking with him we mentioned that we would post a sample letter that listeners could use to help oppose 41P.

While there are many CLEOs around the country who will not sign a Form 4 or Form 1 regardless of who it is for, the ATF is suggesting that many of those may be willing to sign the Modified CLEO that they are proposing. From those we have spoken to so far, we do not believe that there will be CLEOs available in areas in the future where they are not presently available.

We are asking our clients and others who want to help to send a letter to their CLEO asking if they will sign the modified CLEO signature.

In response to 41P we have asked others to send and inquiry to their local police to determine if ATF’s proposed changed to the CLEO signature would make a difference in the policy to provide or not to provide signatures on Form 1 or Form 4 applications. Below is the type of response we are looking for to provide in future comments to the ATF. If you have received a response from your local police department, please print a copy of your inquiry, the response and draft a short verified statement telling your story . Sign it under penalty of perjury and then send it to us to be submitted in additional comments that are being prepared.

Response from Orlando Police Orlando-police-letter.pdf

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:25 PM Dear Mr. Myers:

While many people will be waiting to the last-minute to file their comments to 41P, we felt that it was important to file something sooner to provide our clients and readers some guidance on preparing comments. We have created a webpage which contains our comments, exhibits, as well as a copy of 41P as published in the registry. As the comments and exhibits are over 140 pages we have included an index to the comments to help you find the information in which you have the most interest.

While we are very familiar with the NFA and ATF, administrative rule making is not something that we deal with. It is for this reason and to make sure we preserve the right to appeal any outcome that we have hired Tom Odom at the Firearms Industry Consulting Group. They are one of the finest lawyers that we work with around the country. If you are looking to have a professionally written response tailored to your involvement or objectives, I would highly recommend contacting us or them and we would be happy to help with the process.

With the exception of the ATF’s proposal to add new section 479.90 with respect to decedents’ estates, David M. Goldman opposes the remainder of the proposed rule making for the reasons set forth below and in the Exhibits to these Comments incorporated herein by reference.

Hawaii NFA Class 3 firearmsThere are several type of Title II firearms which are sold by Class 3 SOT FFLs that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of these Title II firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the National Firearms Act.

In Hawaii you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Individuals cannot own any NFA firearms which are kept within HI.

We are often asked are silencers legal in my state? While you can look at which NFA firearms are legal in each state by selecting it in the pull down menu on the right, we have put together this list to make it easy for you to know if they are legal in your state.

Silencers are legal in

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA (as of 3/31/16), ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, AND WY

ATF is answering their phones and the electronic filing is back online at http://www.atfonline.gov.

ATF reported today that they the payments are back online as of 10/22 but previously reported that they are having problems with the payments. In an email they reported:

This is to advise that ATF eForms is experiencing issues with the pay.gov link that prevents the filing of taxpaid eForms 1 and 4. The pay.gov function had to move to a secondary site last week due to some of its own issues. ATF’s firewall security is preventing communications to this secondary site from within eForms. We are in the process of working with the Department of Justice to allow the ATF firewall to communicate with the pay.gov secondary site.

It appears that the ATF has entered politics.

While there is no cost to continue and not make any changes to a website, there is surly a cost to change a website and post a message stating that a service has been suspended.

Perhaps someone at the ATF volunteered their time to make the change, or perhaps it was a paid employee trying to make a point for the benefit of others.

Last week many people in the industry met in Washington DC to discuss issues and concerns with 41P. Besides discussing what happened leading up to 41P, the main topic of discussion was regarding that 41P this was a legal issue within rulemaking and that inappropriate or inaccurate responses could cause problems. The most important part of any response is accurate and addressing the issues with facts in such a manner as to allow for an appeal if the ATF approves their current recommendations.

Within the next week, I expect to make my comments public. While many are waiting until the last moment to present as complete a set of comments as possible, I would like to provide proper guidance to many who our clients and others whom reads our blog on a regular basis. Our comments will cover many topics and come with some details on how to use them to create your own comments but we would never suggest that you simply copy someone else’s comments even with very minor modifications. Remember comments are part of the rule making process and not a popularity contest. If you want to see our comments when they are published and be kept up to date on 41P and our efforts, I would suggest that you subscribe to our blog by clicking the subscribe button in the upper right of this page.

I was surprised to see that a major silencer company appears to be sending proposed letters to their dealers or others in the industry to provide others with a suggested letter for individuals to submit to ATF with respect to the current rule making. Remember this is rule making and not a popularity vote. There are serious problems with the ATF’s proposal, but, to read the suggested text the Silencer Company has provided to others which is being posted on the Internet you would think they merely opposed extending the requirement for a chief law enforcement officer (“CLEO”) to “gun trusts.” Let’s be clear about a few points.

We just posted a page https://www.guntrustlawyer.com/form5.html on completing an ATF Form 5 (5320.5). Remember a Form 5 is used for a tax-free transfer to a lawful heir. If you own NFA firearms individually, you can give your lawful heir the choice of taking the item individually, in trust, or as permitted by the ATF under the NFA and creating properly drafted documents can help make this process unnecessary or easier than using the default methods found in most wills and estate planning documents that are not drafted to consider firearms.

Additionally you can avoid this entire process with a multi generational asset protection gun trust. We have Gun Trusts that can be setup to last form generation to generation without future transfers or the tax stamp fees.

We also have pages on How to complete an ATF Form 1 (5320.1)

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