Thursday, May 31, 2012

Knock, Knock, WHO's THERE...ATF...WTF?

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is taking a rare step of allowing public comments prior to issuing a decision on a study that could result in outlawing certain types of shotguns currently available to citizens.

The ATF completed a study regarding the importability of certain shotguns. The basis for a possible ban is based on a loosely defined “Sporting Purpose” test. Using the vague definition almost all pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns could be banned as they are all capable of accepting a magazine, box or tube capable of holding more than 5 rounds. Other characteristics determined to be “military” by the ATF can also be used as a basis for a ban.

Ironically, many shotguns with “military” features are currently being used in shooting competitions held by the USPSA, IDPA and IPSC. The rules could also result in obscure regulations where an individual would be unsure if he is violating them or not.

Dudley Brown, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, said if the ATF succeeds with the banning of tactical shotguns it “will be the most dangerous interpretation of the 1968 Gun Control Act ever envisioned and will outlaw thousands of perfectly legitimate home defense shotguns.”

The ATF is currently allowing public comments on the study until the end of the month. Those wishing to express concerns about the study can send an email to

via Cajun Conservatism.

Hey folks...I am giving you fair warning out there. I would be a little leery of visiting this ATF site and leaving any personal info with them. You just may be the target of the next "random" search for weapons stashes nationwide.

I'm just sayin'...Be careful out there...And I want one of these!!


Woodsterman (Odie) said...

It's none of their business what I own.

Scottcarp Dreamer said...

...but for "sporting use" only. We need a new sport...How about the Olympic long range jackass freestyle shoot...all humanely regulated of course...sic