Late last week, (Friday, March 23, 2018) Attorney General Sessions announced that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has initiated the process to classify bump-stocks as machineguns. The announcement is available on DOJ’s website. If adopted, the rules will amend the ATF’s regulations to “clarify” the terms “single function of the trigger,” “automatically,” and “machinegun.”
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The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced the launch of Operation Secure Store (OSS), a comprehensive joint initiative to help Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) make well-informed security-related decisions to deter and prevent thefts.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii commissioned a Government Accountability Office report to look into how online private dealers might be selling guns to people not allowed to have them. The results were not what they likely expected as almost no one took the bait, refusing to sell or buy illegally. Read the full story here.
Breaking News: BATFE announces the resignation of Director B. Todd Jones effective March 31. The agency does not reveal his reasons why. Will the new acting director be any better? Read the ATF’s announcement and our analysis in this post.
Yesterday afternoon, the ATF Tweeted it will wait to make a final decision on its purposed M855 ammo ban, claiming the bureau needs “more study” on the armor-piercing ammo exemptions. But, there are millions of gun owners and only 80,000 comments. Read this article to find out how you can have your voice heard at the ATF.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms retracted a published ban on M855 5.56 NATO and other ammunition that had appeared in electronic versions of the agency’s 2014 ATF Regulation Guide earlier this year.
According to reporting by Katie Pavlich, news editor at Townhall.com, BATF’s recent proposal to ban commonly used M855 “green tip” AR-15 ammunition under the guise of law-enforcement safety has apparently been in the works far longer than originally thought.
The BATFE and the Obama Administration announced plans to ban common .223/5.56 M855 and SS109 rounds. Cheaper Than Dirt! is covering the story closely. These top related stories tell you what you can do to help prevent the Obama ammo ban.
The BATFE issued an open letter on January 16, 2015, which could put many shooters who have purchased long-barrel handguns with “stabilizing braces” in hot water if they “intend” to use the braces in a certain manner. Read the letter…
A D.C. district court has told the Department of Justice to hand over an index of documents it has withheld from Congress in the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. Deadline: Oct. 1.
Big news for gun rights in Missouri, while the NRA has issued an immediate action alert for California gun owners. On the other end of the spectrum, licensed gun owner Shaneen Allen loses her bid to have her gun charges dropped in New Jersey. But wait! There is more—ATF agents are “punished” for Operation Fearless, a study finds mental illness not a cause for violence and the Fish and Wildlife Service continues its ban on elephant trophy imports. Cheaper Than Dirt!’s High Powered Headlines cannot be missed today!