U.S. Law Shield is reporting that ATF has delayed the effective date for a new proposed regulation — Rule ATF 41P — that could affect your ability to own a suppressor, short-barreled weapon, machine gun, or NFA-defined “any other weapon.” In September 2013, the ATF proposed a rule that would require all “responsible persons” to receive Chief Law Enforcement Officer authorization to purchase NFA regulated items. If enacted as proposed, this rule could potentially put a halt to the purchase of all NFA-regulated items for all practical purposes.
After fierce opposition during the public commenting period, the ATF set a target date of June 2014 to publish the final rule.
U.S. Law Shield President Kirk Evans said, “We are glad to report that the ATF has pushed the final rule’s target publication date to January 2015. In the meantime, the law will continue to operate in the exact same fashion as it has been.” He said once the ATF publishes its final rule, the regulation will go into effect 30 days from publication at the earliest, or later if the ATF chooses an effective date after that.
Evans said, “Keep in mind this is a target date; the rule could be published early, or ATF could continue to delay its publication. U.S. Law Shield will keep gun owners informed of this situation and of any changes in the law that impact their firearm rights.”
- Click here to read a full description of the proposed rule.
- Click here to download a PDF of Law Shield’s comment to ATF in opposition to Rule ATF 41P.
- Click here to read about setting up NFA trusts.
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