Tag Archives: ATF

If a firearm’s greatest enemy is rust, then the ATF must be a close second in line. It’s true, there are some great folks that work at the agency, but the organization stinks as a whole. These articles most frequently cover oversteps by the ATF.

Silencer-Friendly SHUSH Act Introduced in Senate, House

Last week, yet another take on suppressor deregulation was introduced by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), and Mike Crapo (R-ID), as well as Congressman Steve King (R-IA) in the form of the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act (SHUSH Act). More aggressive in its approach than the Hearing Protection Act and the current SHARE Act, SHUSH aims to reclassify silencers as… Read more »

Submitting NFA Form 1 Applications with Silencer Shop

Life just got a whole lot easier for people looking to make their own short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, and DIY silencers. After months of development, Silencer Shop’s electronic Form 1 submissions are now live. Thanks to the crew down in Austin, I had the chance to be a beta tester for the new platform last week and today, I’m going… Read more »

HPA and Other Pro-Gun Reforms Rolled into Committee-Bound SHARE Act

On Monday, the House of Representative’s Committee of Natural Resources announced that a subcommittee, representing Federal Lands, plans to hear the Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act) on June 14. The SHARE Act is a conglomeration of existing pro-gun bills along with some much-needed firearm policy changes. Though the bill still faces a long road before it even… Read more »

ATF Clarifies Legality of Shouldering SB Tactical Braces

This one isn’t exactly breaking news anymore, but it deserves a mention. Last night, SB Tactical – the folks known for their line of stock-like arm braces for AR, AK, and HK pistols among others – posted excerpts from a letter received by their legal counsel from the ATF. The note was in response to an inquiry from the counsel… Read more »

ATF’s Second-in-Command “Leaks” Pro-Gun Proposals in White Paper

If Super Bowl Sunday wasn’t bizarre enough, Monday was even weirder – at least for gun owners. After years of battling the ATF over a litany of different regulations, including such things as ammunition bans and ATF 41P/F, all of a sudden pro-gun language was starting to leak from the historically antagonistic agency. Originally obtained and published by the Washington… Read more »

ATF Shuts Down SD Tactical’s Solvent Trap Sales

Call me naive, but I legitimately thought I might be able to go at least a year without writing another political article here at Modern Rifleman. With a new, and presumably pro-gun, administration in charge at the White House, the reduced threat to Second Amendment rights had me hoping that I would be able to turn my full focus to… Read more »

Hearing Protection Act Reintroduced

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The new congressional session may still be young, but the American Suppressor Association (ASA) is hitting the ground running. On Monday, with support from the ASA, Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and John Carter (R-TX) reintroduced the Hearing Protection Act. Originally proposed by now-retired Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) on October 22, 2015, the HPA seeks to remove silencers (aka. suppressors) from… Read more »

How the 2016 Election Could Impact the Second Amendment

When the dust finally settled in the early hours of Wednesday morning, there were more than a few Americans who were surprised to see that Donald Trump had prevailed over Hillary Clinton in what was one of the most contentious presidential races in recent history. You won’t hear many media outlets pushing this narrative, but there’s good reason to believe that… Read more »

ATF Reclassifies Critical Gunpowder Component as “High Explosive”

Update: The ATF has released an addendum to the June newsletter which suspends the reclassification pending “further industry outreach”. Usually, I try to keep things fairly dignified and respectful here at Modern Rifleman, but the three ring circus at the ATF is making that more and more difficult with each passing day. Since I started this site, the agency has used broad… Read more »

Federal Judge Upholds Russian 7N6 Ammo Ban

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Seattle ruled against P.W. Arms in their challenge of the ATF’s 2014 ban on imports of Russia’s 7N6 5.45x39mm ammunition. As you may recall, the 7N6 ban centered around the fact that the bullet’s core features a large steel insert to enhance penetration. According to the ATF’s interpretation of the 1968 Gun Control Act, the… Read more »