The Washington Post published a white paper leaked from the ATF that outlines 16 recommendations for loosening regulations on firearms and dealers. Industry experts have concurred that the white paper is legit, which means we have some very strong allies at the ATF for our efforts to reduce government regulation of the Second Amendment.
The white paper is linked below, but each recommendation can be summarized as follows:
- ATF wants to create a new set of regulations for internet only or gun show only FFL dealers. These would have to address how to get access to the businesses for the purposes of spot inspections, but ATF thinks this change needs to happen to meet the current market.
- M855 ban was stopped by Congress, but ATF says their hands are still tied by current law and regulations. ATF wants to approve any bullet design that would otherwise penetrate armor regardless of material used as they see them as being no more of a threat to safety than bullets already readily available.
- ATF wants to let US-made but foreign-held C&R guns to be re-imported for sale in the US. ATF says logic of the import ban was faulty and that these guns pose no significant risk to safety.
- ATF wants SOTs to be able to transfer machine guns between each other with ATF approval.
- ATF thinks the Stabilizing Brace “redesign” statement caused unnecessary confusion and should be repealed in its entirety.
- ATF wants to add modern sporting rifles and accessories to the “sporting use” definition used to determine whether or not a firearm can be imported. ATF believes restrictions on imports of modern sporting rifles do not serve the public good and should be abolished.
- ATF apparently doesn’t even have an internal database of its own rulings, causing conflicting rulings and determination letters to go out to manufacturers. They want to change this.
- ATF wants to remove silencers from the NFA. Additionally, ATF wants to change the definition of “silencer” so that most replacement parts are no longer considered silencers.
- ATF wants to allow FFLs to sell in any state in which they are present.
- ATF wants to remove launchers from the definition of “destructive device” since the munitions themselves are already under statutory and regulatory control. This would allow launchers to be sold without registration of any kind and used as long as the projectiles were not otherwise regulated.
- – 16. These are more administrative recommendations that impact FFLS but don’t really impact purchasers directly.
Read the eleven page white paper for yourself at https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3454608/Read-the-white-paper-on-firearms-regulations.pdf.