Senior ATF Official Proposes Loosening Gun Regulations

By CTD Blogger published on in Legal, News

Reports have shown that the second-highest-ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives recently wrote a proposal to reduce gun regulations—including examining a possible end to the ban on importing assault weapons into the United States. However, for many, that may not be the most exciting part. What about loosening the regulations on Short Barreled Rifles (SBR), or deregulating suppressors?

ATF Logo

Read the white paper by clicking here.

Ronald B. Turk, associate deputy director and chief operating officer of the ATF, in a “white paper” called for removing restrictions on the sale of gun suppressors. He also proposed initiating a study on lifting the ban on imported assault weapons among other things.

“Restriction on imports serves questionable public safety interests, as these rifles are already generally legally available for manufacture and ownership in the United States,” Turk wrote of the ban on imported AR-15s and AK-style weapons.

The 11-page white paper, reported on by The Washington Post, is titled “Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms Regulations.” Curiously, the proposal opens with the wording of the Second Amendment and is dated Jan. 20, which coincides with the end of the Obama Presidency and the beginning of Donald Trump’s.

Several of the proposals in Turk’s white paper are supported by the National Rifle Association—some the NRA have been lobbying for years. The report is not without its critics though. In a statement released by Chelsea Parsons, vice president of guns and crime policy at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank:

“This white paper offers a disturbing series of giveaways to the gun industry that would weaken regulatory oversight of the gun industry without adequate consideration of the impact on public safety.

“ATF has long described its regulatory function as a core part of its law enforcement mission to fight gun crime, yet this paper seems to prioritize reducing perceived burdens on the gun industry over an interest in protecting public safety from the illegal diversion of firearms,” Parsons said.

Although the white paper bears the ATF seal on its cover and lists Turk’s name and ATF title, a spokeswoman said it doesn’t represent the views of the ATF.

“It’s simply his opinion, and it’s to generate dialogue,” said spokeswoman Jan Kemp.

While legal to buy silencers in most states, you’ll pay a hefty “tax” and wait six months to year before approval to actually take it home. The gun industry has long sought relief from the National Firearms Act when it comes to suppressors. Crime data supports a relaxation as well.

“We look forward to working with the new attorney general as he puts the focus of the Justice Department back where it belongs—on prosecuting violent criminals, not harassing law-abiding gun owners. After eight years of overreach by the Obama administration, it’s time to roll back regulations that serve no legitimate law enforcement purpose,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action.

President Trump has long held that some of his best advisors are those closest to him—his family. It is no secret that his sons are strong supporters of the Second Amendment, shooting and hunting rights. Backing up the President is a friendly Republican legislature that has proposed legislation that properly addresses issues from reasoned platforms such as the public health issue of hearing loss and suppressors.

“Silencers are very rarely used in criminal shootings,” Turk notes in his white paper. “Given the lack of criminality associated with silencers, it is reasonable to conclude that they should not be viewed as a threat to public safety.”

In 1989, George H.W. Bush’s administration banned the import of semiautomatic assault rifles. Turk’s white paper, which refers to them as “modern sporting rifles,” notes that their use has “increased exponentially in sport shooting.

“Those firearm types are now standard for hunting activities. These restrictions have placed many limitations on importers, while at the same time imposing a heavy workload,” claims Turk.

Turk’s paper states that its purpose is “to provide the new administration and the Bureau multiple options to consider and discuss regarding firearms regulations.”

“These general thoughts provide potential ways to reduce or modify regulations, or suggest changes that promote commerce and defend the Second Amendment without significant negative impact on ATF’s mission to fight violent firearms crime and regulate the firearms industry,” ~Ronald B. Turk, associate deputy director and chief operating officer of the ATF.

Are you optimistic about the future of firearm legislation? Did Associate Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer Turk get it right? Why or why not? Share your answers in the comment section.

Tags: , ,

Trackback from your site.

The mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!'s blog, "The Shooter's Log," is to provide information-not opinions-to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!

Comments (87)

  • Art

    |

    KN,

    so, they are not for you lets make them so people can’t get them? so, some one could die because of their lack of knowledge? i can empty a glock semi in 2 to 5 seconds at 30 feet in an 8 inch circle. so i guess semi’s are dangerous and we should make them illegal? there is an idiot and it seems to be coming from your illogical statements. yes people die, yes they make mistakes, just listening to you would be one. life is not perfect, wow what a thought. someone buys a muscle car and can’t control it, and kills an innocent bystander. let us outlaw muscle cars, right? your communist views that we need someone as smart as you to make our decisions, does not sit well with me. i want to make my own decisions, right or wrong. i am the one that has to live with the mistakes. i am the one that has to go through the justice system not you. my life not yours. freedom not domination and being forced to live the way the elites feel i should.

    my statement is, if you read and can comprehend, a bump fire is not as fast as an auto, get it? should i state it again for you. there can be no more auto’s in the civilian market place. that is why they are so expensive. yes you can convert a semi to auto and if someone is allowed to do it legally, then it would not be rented so i am sure you did not shoot it. so you have shot some auto and find it is not for you so ban autos? ban semi’s because they can be converted? so ban auto and semi auto’s because so could die? typical communist, we know what is best for you and we will take care of you.

    i knw this will be hard to understand but everyone is different and some people can control an auto, get it? since some cannot let us ban them, right? someone could be killed, ban them, right? so you are you and others are themselves. we all have the right or should to choose for ourselves, not the elite doing it for us. i am tired of being the pee on. if i wanted someone making decisions for me i would have never left home.

    as far as guns go shall not be infringed has already been infringed to much. reduce government and give the people back a lot of their freedoms. if i want to do heroin it is my choice not yours. hell, we have made it illegal to kill yourself in many states, what are we going to do, throw the body in jail? semi’s can be converted and unless under some strict guide lines you are talking about it is illegal to do. even though it cn be do and it is not that hard, there is not and has not been a problem. so, what are you ranting about kn? they were highly regulated because of prohibition, which only causes more crime just as the war on drugs did. so moire freedom, less government and strangely enough there will be less crime. freedom

    Reply

  • dave

    |

    OK, thanks. will keep my eye on the notices.

    Reply

  • dave

    |

    MR G-MAN. i may have missed your response, here on this shooters log, but i was hoping to see your inside data on 1992 RUBY RIDGE & 1993 WACO. as you stated,you have 35+ years of knowledge and experience in LE & i gathered a hint you may be a FED or even a BATFE workerbee. those 2 events were not SHINNING examples of good law enforcement. chaos ruled, lies were told & good people died on both sides of the LAW. could you share some insight as to how and why so many things went wrong at both events.

    Reply

    • G-Man

      |

      @ dave,

      I tried 5 to 6 times to answer you days ago, but for some reason the site would not accept my post. Whenever I clicked “Submit” it would recycle the page but my response would not show up. Also some systems view the order of certain characters as malicious code and will reject it for safety reason because it thinks it’s a virus. I will re-type what I wrote and try posting again.

      Reply

  • Art

    |

    yea, well, a full auto with 17 rounds is really something. while you might be correct, as far as i know they cannot make fulls autos from a semi legally. now. they also have few parts not more. so they are a little faster then semi’s, which is what a bump fire is. you could be correct, mr. know it all, but it does not make your views or your claims right. where is all this data. yes i know you can rent full autos never been my thing. i am sure it is yours. you would like to keep shooting the autos all to your self. never said i have always been right i leave that to you mr know it all. you tell me there have been 2 deaths since , was it 34, by legally owned auto’s. you not only give no proof, you do not give the specifics mr. democrap. you try to spin a good story but it is full of holes. so you want something that is really not a problem which it exactly what you gun grabbers do. plain and simple. i suppose you are an expert with an auto also, right? people like you want what they call socialism which is just barely right of communism and while if looks good on the books it does not work in real life. that is because it is not free. everything including commerce is controlled by the state. the ATFE should be abolished especial after fast and furious. hell, with your handle you might have been involved. that is exactly why we don’t need government control. power corrupts and total power corrupts totally. then those in power get filthy rich. not a good system. then we make the government bigger so we can enforce those corrupt government employees. pretty soon the government runs out of money. we are there right now. it is because of people like you. so when we are all starving to death remember who did it.while both parties are guilty your party doubled the national debt in 8 years. your party increased the money supply by double, which can only be increased with productivity increases. thanks obummer and his appointment old yeller. total fiscal irresponsibility done by almost communists. less government not more. you have not prove anything except make your self look silly by saying 2 have been killed by autos that were legal and they very well and probably are justified killings. english is my worst subject but my logic is sound. your writing cannot make illogical things sound logical, no matter how hard you try. i know mr know it all that you can rent autos. i know people have been killed with all sorts of guns, just as our founding fathers knew. that does not make it right taking the second and making it useless as 4 supreme court judges feel right now. you cannot make that logical. you can make it democrapic.give us some links mr know it all. where are they, prove me wrong, show us just how many have died and i will show you more died from cars. life is not perfect and i am not prefect. you jesus you are, right? WTF!! come on get us some links to study not just take in your good faith because i do not believe you. you sir have an agenda, and those types cannot be believed without proof.where is it???

    Reply

    • KN

      |

      I really don’t give a f*#k if you believe me or not about the legally converted G17 by a Class3 FFL. But I think it’s hilarious that you think it’s “a little faster then a semi…which is what a bump-fire is.” If you want something to reference, a picture is worth 1,000 words. Just search “Glock Full Auto Conversion” on YouTube and then tell me that they’re only as fast as a bump fire.

      It’s funny you scoff at 17 rounds of full auto being “really something”. Well, if you consider that in the average shooters hands one or two might be on target and then the other 15 will be god knows where in less than 2 seconds, then that’s hardly something to scoff at.

      As to the rest of your rant, you seem to have me confused with your fellow [yet disgruntled with you] idiot, “G-Man”. I myself never mentioned any death counts with full autos. All I said was that IF full autos become as readily available as semis, then they will surely be used in more crimes. In-turn, the more rounds that are sprayed, the higher the chance of collateral fatalities with innocent bystanders. Anyone who doesn’t believe that is either lying to themselves or completely and utterly stupid. I also mentioned my concern with the potential of otherwise good honest folks making fatal mistakes by thinking they could handle a full auto, only to find out that they couldn’t.

      As for my preference…yes, I tried one at the range a couple of times to see what they were like and immediately saw these potential dangers. Haven’t bothered with one since.

      Reply

  • Art

    |

    ok, the laws in acted in 34 after prohibition ended came about because of prohibition. is that not true.

    admittedly i have never fired either. so i guess you have. i guess you have the documentation to give us to prove your point instead of just telling us how you are right and i am wrong, correct?? i am always willing to admit mistakes but not just because someone tells me i am. where are your facts?

    you say autos have more parts the semi autos and i believe you are wrong there also. you have to throw in a trigger disconnect in the semi and it has to be reset after each shot the auto has no such device and the hammer just follows the slide back. so having an engineer’s back ground the slide can only move so fast for each weapon. you are telling me that this bump fire that has to reset the trigger reset each time also is faster? even if it was as fast it cannot make the slide function any faster. so my guess is you have some sort of political science background, which is a laugh calling it science. the slide has only so much energy. when you use some of that energy to function the trigger it does not have as much. so with less energy how does it function faster? please i am willing to learn from you infinite wisdom, but give me some data to study. you know what i mean, guess? these articles proving that a slide fire is faster. i am sure you will tell me it is not only faster but more accurate then a full auto. you also appear to be a democrap, trolling pro gun sites trying to convince people how dangerous all of this is.

    what sort of qualification do you have? give us the proof and quit telling others just how wrong they are, prove it!! please clear up my misconceptions with facts not you typing skills.

    2 killings with auto legally owned since 34. boy, that sounds like a problem, doesn’t it? were they justified, that could make a big difference. was it user error? there have been killings with illegal or illegally acquired autos, i would not doubt it. how many mr know it all. these illegal weapons were used by criminals. since you say semi’s can be converted to auto easily, why aren’t there a lot of them around? you see restriction and prohibitions will stop nothing because of the money side of the factor. you see i know business also, after my ME i went into the MBA program. so the only thing you stop is the honest citizen. that puts them at a disadvantage. which by the way, that was the reason the extreme regulation of auto’s was put into effect. the police did not have the auto’s at first. now they do.

    so, the only data you have given is 2 deaths in almost 100 years. now that is a big problem and you did not say whether it was justified. don’t just tell us mr know it all g-man give us links. we can read, we can make our own decisions without you just telling us it is true. prove your point. i have no problem being proved wrong i have been wrong many times, but i am sure you haven’t. WTF! it you are in the ATFE, you are probably one of those involved with selling guns illegally to known criminals, could that be the case? wanting everyone to have less firer power then your self is an elitist plan to control the pee ons. the pee ons can only become so poor before they are going to want things changed one way or another. that is partly why the second amendment was written. to stop an abusive government shall not be infringed does have a meaning.. nothing is perfect but the constitution comes pretty close. to bad we allowed people to fu@k it up. .

    Reply

    • G-Man

      |

      @ Art,

      So because I happen to possess the intellect to know what I’m talking about, I must somehow be a “Democrap”. Obviously you’ve not been on this forum long or you’d have seen my years of commentary which overwhelmingly establishes that I am quite the conservative.

      On the other hand, it is usually the fact-less crap-talkers like you that falls under the suspicion of being a trollistic “Democrap” – who is only looking for an argument. Here is how it works: The person making the challenge must bring the proof, not the other way around. That would be you, so bring it!

      Solid and confident in my actual experiences and knowledge, I was in the midst of informing another commenter – when you suddenly decided to jump into our conversation armed with nothing more than your lack of experience and speculative opinions. You even admitted as much, but then ignorantly expect that I should be responsible for cleaning up your mental mess by proving your ignorance to be wrong. As I’ve stated, that is your burden since you jumped in, not mine.

      Intellectuals would never get anything accomplished if they spent all their time showing stupid people how stupid they are, and all just because stupid people demanded it. We just don’t have time for that. But here you are anyway, demanding I do exactly that. Go do your own research.

      The solution to all your irrational guesswork has been so simple all along, yet apparently doing your own research just never occurred to you. All this time you were but a few Google and YouTube searches away from ever making yourself look like an idiot over this topic again… yet miserably you failed to do even that.

      So, I highly suggest you use the resources I’ve mentioned and go discover what I’ve been telling you all along. And then come back and apologize for being so rude about it all.

      I’ve already paid my dues by dedicating my own time and experiences towards accumulating the knowledge I feel will enrich my own life and then sharing it with others that truly care to listen. I simply refuse to do your research to prove your idiocy just because you are too lazy or incompetent to do it yourself.

      And one more thing, it is absolutely ridiculous how you ignore the fact that you’ve already been forced to walk back several of your statements thus far, and yet think you somehow still look credible. You are ridiculous.

      Reply

    • Bohica

      |

      And one of those two crimes was perpetrated by an Ohio cop as a paid “hit”–with a full auto owned by his department!

      Reply

    • Art

      |

      well, that makes sense. i believe these pro gun places have been inundated with anti gun people , even more so since the election. boy are they sore loser’s. no one but the police state with guns. with the way the police state is going i guess you can’t blame them for trying to make sure the public can’t revolt. the state wants more fire power and that is not what the constitution is all about. it is about the state having enough fear of the people to keep them in line.

      Reply

  • Art

    |

    KN
    you give me a link to someone that says he knows but give no facts in this same article. that’s great. he also say there is no difference in rate of fire. like i said a gun can only function as fast as it can cycle. so he proves you wrong. the thing is when you have to make the stock function you cannot be as accurate even as an auto in my opinion. we all seem to have them. i also said i believe that a semi is more accurate then spray and pray. that does not mean it has no uses, even to the general public which already has them. you say semi can be converted to autos easily so why don’t we see more in action? you obviously are anti gun trying to act like a pro gun at a pro gun sight.i said that we should just can all of the ATFE they have proved themselves useless. not only that are still killing people with the semi’s they had sold illegally to criminals. WTF! most of these regulations were started because of prohibition. so let us get rid of the regulations and the prohibitions and not start more which it seems you would like to get rid of semi’s from your statements. you cannot seem to show any data showing auto’s legal or illegal that have caused crime. so what is the problem? i never stated that they do not have any uses in the civilian s hands. they certainly do. everyone needs practice with what ever gun they are going to use, that is just common sense. get rid of the ATFE, deregulate guns it is an infringement on the second amendment. in fact reduce a lot of the government. 1/2 of the employees are employed by the government. how long do you think the other 1/2 can support them? giving someone else remarks in this area is not proof. WTF!! give me some hard facts not well this can happen. show me where it has.

    Reply

  • dave

    |

    ok, mister 35 years in LAW ENFORCEMENT. WHERE DID THE WRITTEN ILLEGAL ORDER (ROE) TO SHOOT ON SIGHT, at RUBY RIDGE GO? supposedly the SENIOR LE BADGE demanded the order in writing, from WASHINGTON DC & delivered by courier. how did the FBI HRT avoid a court date to explain their F UP AND COVER UP. the WEAVERS & FRIENDS were acquitted, due to entrapment. the WEAVERS then won their CIVIL LAW SUIT, which was $ 3 million +. why was VICKIE WEAVER SHOT WHILE HOLDING HER BABY? what ever happened to the LE SNITCH, who entrapped RANDY WEAVER in the first place? why were so many LE PERSONNEL & armored equipment involved? why was the LE so ARMORED UP AND TACTICAL? why did anyone SHOOT THE DOG? then they shot RANDY’S SON IN THE BACK? why were the state of IDAHO MURDER CHARGES, against the FBI SNIPER forced to be dropped, by the FEDS? out of curiosity, are you one of the FBI AGENTS, who was at RUBY R & WACO? 35 years of LE means you were probably wearing a BADGE during both events. yes i fully understand you probably will not have any or all of the answers to my questions. oh yes, you obviously are superior in intellect articulate the ENGLISH LANGUAGE far beyond anything i can scribble down. hope to keep the lines of communication OPEN, even if you do not LIGHTEN UP.

    Reply

    • Art

      |

      government people expect the public to forget what happened and some people just do not forget. yes it was crazy and you know i had forgot she was shot while holding her baby. in the door way. that should never have happened. in fact if i remember correctly it was them that fired the first shot. these government people need to be held accountable for their actions. just as the ATFE needs to be held accountable for fast and furious.we are suppose to have laws. the problem with the police is they have the blue code, so no matter how F@@@ed up they are the department stands behind them. so the aholes remain. not a good system if you want to keep it clean.

      our country has turned into a police state and i for one do not like it. government needs to be reduce, and we need to have our freedoms back. the right to make our own choices not the choices the government forces us to have. this country is sure getting a lot closer to communism every day and the democraps seem to want to push it there quicker. the right is not much better. they all want bigger government and to force us to live their way.

      Reply

Leave a comment

Your discussions, feedback and comments are welcome here as long as they are relevant and insightful. Please be respectful of others. We reserve the right to edit as appropriate, delete profane, harassing, abusive and spam comments or posts, and block repeat offenders. All comments are held for moderation and will appear after approval.

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload the CAPTCHA.

%d bloggers like this: