The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) sent out a brief bulletin on Monday declaring a “Discontinuance of Accessory Classifications.” The document claims that instead of simply submitting accessories for firearms to the ATF for approval, those accessories must be installed on a firearm and submitted. Is this simply gearing up for President Donald Trump’s push for an unconstitutional bump stock ban?
The full text of the notice reads:
Discontinuance of Accessory Classifications
The Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch (FTISB) classifies firearms as defined by the Gun Control Act (GCA) and National Firearms Act (NFA) based on the configuration and the design features of the firearm as submitted by members of the industry.
Effective immediately, any requests for a determination on how an accessory affects the classification of a firearm under the GCA or NFA must include a firearm with the accessory already installed. Except in cases of conditional import determinations, FTISB will not issue a determination on an accessory unless it is attached to the submitted firearm.
If you have previously submitted a sample accessory for classification, FTISB will be returning your sample without classification. FTISB will contact you in the near future with further instructions to facilitate the return of your sample.
So, if you were in the process of getting approval, too bad. They just changed the rules on you.
Kat Ainsworth points out:
In past cases involving the ATF and firearms submitted that have been determined to be NFA items the ATF has returned them when the person/company involved possesses the correct SOT. In instances where the correct SOT has not been in place those items have not been returned.
One cannot help but wonder whether or not this has anything to do with upcoming regulatory actions.
Understand something, when it comes to regulations and such, the ATF has not constitutional authority to be determining anything. All rules, which are laws, are to be determined by Congress. However, the American people never gave Congress the authority to restrict or regulate arms of any kind.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Nowhere in there did we add an exception. We didn’t put that authority in Article II either, nor did we give the Executive Branch that authority.
Still, President Trump, Democrats, Republicans and federal agencies insist on violating the “supreme law of the land,” the Constitution, and the Biblical principles of America’s foundations because they respond emotionally and, therefore, unlawfully, as if any of this will stop crimes from occurring.
President Trump has pushed for the banning of bump-stocks for no real reason except we are told they were on weapons used by the Las Vegas shooter.
Trump has advanced the idea of Red Flag laws, and so have many in Congress. Some states have actually implemented them with deadly results. These violations of the rights of the people endanger us as a society.
And it’s just going to get worse. Democrats have threatened to advance gun confiscation legislation in 2019, and some of it Trump agrees with and so do certain senators in the Senate.
Just today, I pointed out Rep. Susan Brooks’ (R-IN) “Minority Report” style gun confiscation legislation she put forward this year that violates constitutionally protected rights of due process, unlawful searches and seizures, and the right to keep and bear arms. It also promotes outright theft by the government.
Stay vigilant America. The ride is not over simply because you have a guy with an “R” on his jersey in the White House.
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