Machine Gun Count The NFATCA filed a FOIA request in 2014 in order to ascertain an updated count of registered machine guns in the NFRTR. The initial FOIA request was rejected. The NFATCA appealed and acknowledged that because of the disparate record types, we understood that a margin of error might exist. DOJ/ATF has acted on our appeal and delivered on their promise to provide the statistics. As of February 24, 2016:
- Pre '86: 175,977
- Sales Samples: 17,020
- Restricted 922(o) ("posties"): 297,667
From ATF: "Please note that ATF utilizes customized Standard Query Language (SQL) to collect information from system databases. In the instant case, an SQL query may not capture all methods in which the requested information has been manually entered into system data fields. Thus, while each individual record is accurate, there is an inherent albeit wholly unintentional margin of error as to the aggregate statistical information requested."
A copy of the FOIA response can be found here.
29P Statement The petition sent by the NFATCA to ATF Director Sullivan in 2008 represented the direction and guidance of the firearm suppressor community in 2008. The request was, in fact, driven by multiple requests by the manufacturers. 2008 was a different time, with different products in the marketplace, different manufacturing techniques and different best practices. ATF's waiting 8 years to address those concerns is neither helpful nor responsive. The current market, products, techniques and best practices bears little resemblance to the past. The concerns expressed in 2008 are not applicable to today.
As such, the NFATCA formally withdraws its petition and urges ATF to recognize that exclusive tube marking does not address the varied innovations of legal firearms in the marketplace. Marking placement should encourage accurate identification for tracing and documentation purposes, should maximize consumer value, and should not hinder industry in bringing modern designs, materials, and manufacturing techniques to bear. In light of the fact that any part of a suppressor is deemed to be a suppressor, this can be accomplished by allowing marking to be placed wherever and however the manufacturer chooses, as long as the minimum height and depth requirements are met.
CLEO Now a Notification The NFATCA, along with the NRA and the American Suppressor Association, and our attorneys, is pleased to announce that the Department of Justice and ATF have removed CLEO signatures from NFA making and transfer applications. Although all potential possessors now require identification and background checks, the CLEO signature requirement has now been eliminated and revised to a notification process. This should become effective 180 days after Federal Register publication. Details will be forthcoming. Please see NFATCA's announcement here. The 41F Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. A copy of the document can be found here.
A top line Q&A can be downloaded here.
Hearing Protection Act The NFATCA, along with the NRA and the American Suppressor Association, applauds Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) for introducing the Hearing Protection Act of 2015 in the US House of Representatives. It is imperative that this nation embraces the safety of suppressor use and acknowledges that they are practical devices that should not be subject to overly strict regulation and onerous taxation.