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The ATF’s Redefining Frames, Receivers and What is a “Firearm”

GOAL would like to remind you that the comment period for the ATF’s proposed rule to redefine “Frame or Receiver” is still open, until August 19th, 2021. This rule change is an arbitrary and emotion-driven change that would eliminate the ability of American Citizens to build their own firearms for personal use-a right we have enjoyed since before the founding of this nation.

From the ATF’s website, the proposed changes would: Provide new definitions of “firearm frame or receiver” and “frame or receiver, amend the definition of: “firearm” to clarify when a firearm parts kit is considered a “firearm,” and “gunsmith” to clarify the meaning of that term and to explain that gunsmiths may be licensed solely to mark firearms for unlicensed persons.

It would also provide definitions for: “complete weapon,” “complete muffler or silencer device,” “privately made firearm (PMF),” and “readily” for purposes of clarity given advancements in firearms technology. Provide a definition of “importer’s or manufacturer’s serial number,” provide a deadline for marking firearms manufactured, clarify marking requirements for firearm mufflers and silencers. Amend the format for records of manufacture/acquisition and disposition by manufacturers and importers and amend the time period records must be retained at the licensed premises.

These unilateral, unconstitutional changes represent the creation of laws presented as “administrative changes”-essentially a usurping of Congress’s duty to make such laws, especially those affecting Constitutional rights. The regulations proposed by the ATF would impede the ability of responsible gun owners to exercise their Second Amendment right as they see fit and would turn many current legal firearm owners into accidental criminals.

Regardless of whether or not this action directly applies to you it is vital that we stand together against these types of assaults on our civil rights. You can and should make your voice heard on this important subject by following this link and leaving a comment for the ATF:




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