GUN GoA Alert on ATF actions - Akins and parts kits

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  1. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    Jun 9, 2004
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    Email at the bottom for you to forward, wont do any good but not going to hurt to try.

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
    Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

    Thursday, February 22, 2007

    The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has
    been on a tear under the administration of Attorney General Alberto

    Manufacturers of various products have been told in writing that
    their products are not a firearm and that they can be marketed
    outside the federal paperwork system for selling firearms. Then,
    months or years later, BATFE sends another letter reversing the first

    The Congressional Research Service found in 2005 (ATF Firearms
    Procedures) that BATFE has no written procedures for determining what
    is a firearm. The "process" is arbitrary, and the string of
    reversals in recent months shows how capricious a BATFE determination

    Historic Arms received a letter of determination in 1995 that its
    BM-3000 was not a firearm. Indeed, Historic Arms had designed the
    product as an accessory for a machine gun to fire different kinds of
    ammunition than the gun had originally been designed to fire. For 11
    years, the company manufactured their product without incident. But
    in 1996, Historic Arms received a second letter determining that the
    product was actually a machine gun!

    As in other cases, BATFE wanted all the company's products sent to
    Washington along with all the names of the customers who had
    purchased the item.

    In 2004, the BATFE determined that the Akins Accelerator was a "non
    firearm" accessory that allowed a shooter to bump fire a semi-auto
    and considerably increase the rate of fire. This year, BATFE has
    determined that the trigger finger which is bumping the trigger is
    itself a machine gun! Again, send in all the product and customer

    For years, Centerfire Systems had a parts kit that it sold for
    machine guns. Now, six years later, BATFE has reversed itself on
    this company. And, the Bureau has put Centerfire Systems through the
    same drill -- send in their products and their customer lists.

    In a related matter involving the definition of what makes a gun a
    "gun," KT Ordnance was raided by BATFE last year and its products
    were confiscated. What were the dangerous items? A parts kit for
    customers to legally make their own (unregistered) firearm. Again,
    BATFE wanted the customer list.

    The capricious activities by the BATFE wreck economic chaos on these
    companies, in addition to violating both theirs and their customers'
    rights protected by the Second Amendment.

    It is time for the BATFE to put their procedures for determining what
    is a firearm, and what is a machine gun, in writing.

    This latest bait and switch is but another backdoor effort on the
    part of the federal government to attack gun ownership. This time
    the attack is on manufacturers.

    ACTION: Please contact Pres. Bush. If we do not restrain BATFE now,
    they will do immeasurable damage to the firearms industry in the
    United States.

    You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at to send the President the
    pre-written message below. You can also contact the President via

    Comments: 202-456-1111
    Switchboard: 202-456-1414
    FAX: 202-456-2461

    ---- Pre-written letter ----

    Dear President Bush,

    I am outraged that BATFE still has no written procedures for
    determining what is a firearm, and what is a machine gun. It has now
    been two years since the publication of ATF Firearms Procedures by
    the Congressional Research Service when they revealed that Firearms
    Technology Branch has no written procedures.

    The Bureau has been in existence for over 30 years. How many
    prosecutions have put gun owners and manufacturers in jail based on
    shifting, arbitrary and capricious "expert" testimony in
    court which
    is not based on written procedures?

    When is the BATFE going to publish proposed written procedures for
    the public to comment on them? When is the Justice Department going
    to review the conviction of every gun owner and manufacturer where a
    BATFE "expert" testified against him?

    Please have the BATFE take action on these problems right away.



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  2. cabriolet

    cabriolet ...

    Mar 7, 2003
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    lol the rosie shirt made me chuckle

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