The ATF is shutting down the AutoGlove. What is the AutoGlove? Announced just a few weeks ago, the AutoGlove is a glove that simulates fully automatic fire with firearms, airsoft and paintball guns and even nailguns.
The problem is that it simulates fully automatic fire a little too well, the ATF says. The ATF has determined that the device isn’t a glove, it’s a machine gun. While the AutoGlove company disagrees with the ATF determination, they’re the little guys in this and aren’t going to fight it.
“While we are still confused as to how the AutoGlove violates the plain language of the laws cited by the ATF, we are a small company and do not have the resources to appeal the ATFs decision and will cancel the AutoGlove project effective immediately,” said the gadget’s makers in response.
“The AutoGlove was not tested by the ATF with these same restrictions and for this reason, we believe this maybe partially why we received the unfavorable determination.”
Citing a 1988 determination, the ATF claims that the AutoGlove is no different than an electric solenoid attached to a gun to electronically operate the trigger.
The glove makers maintain that the device is not a machine gun because it’s not attached to or part of any gun. Also, it’s not just for rapidly shooting firearms — the mechanical trigger finger can pull triggers wherever triggers are found, from toys to tools.
“The firearm is never modified and the AutoGlove does not replace any of the manufactures parts on the gun. Although we could not find the definition for gun ‘part’ we do not believe the glove is a ‘part’ and we believe the glove is designed to be worn, affixed, attached to a persons [sic] hand.”
The AutoGlove features a powered trigger finger that cycles once it’s turned on. The motorized finger can pull a trigger fast, cycling between 600 and 1000 times per minute.
Anyone who purchased a set of gloves will receive a refund, by way of credit or paper check. The device was announced late July and was set to ship now.
The handful of buyers who have already received their gloves are instructed to destroy them and return the serialized part as proof. The gloves were originally priced around $350.
Ultimately the team wants the ATF to do a better job of framing their often confusing and sometimes incomprehensible or nonsensical determination language.
“We would however, ask that the ATF publish definitions of the following terms so someone else does not waste thousands of dollars developing something that appears to meet the ‘plain language’ of the law,” they said.