Dems Ask ATF to More Explicitly Ban These Prohibited Accessories 

This week, more than 40 House Democrats wrote a letter to the ATF asking it to more explicitly prohibit accessories that are already illegal to own: newly built auto sears. 

Auto sears, sometimes called “Glock switches,” are considered “machineguns” under the NFA/GCA.  As such, unless one has the proper paperwork, including registration and tax stamp, and a sear that was built prior to 1986 (pre ’86 sears run upwards of $25,000), they’re outlawed.  

A point that even the Dems acknowledged in their letter addressed to acting ATF Director Marvin Richardson.

“As you know, the National Firearms Act regulates machineguns as well as ‘any part designed and intended solely and exclusively, or combination of parts designed and intended, for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun,’” they wrote.   

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“ATF has previously issued rulings on auto sears that only regulated certain auto sears by the National Firearms Act; however, there are multiple avenues to acquire these parts and a growing willingness by the gun industry to market these products,” they continued. 

The lawmakers then referenced this post by Brownells on Twitter:

“We urge you to issue updated and explicit guidance on auto sears, put a stop to gun companies pushing the legal limits on these devices, and provide additional resources to help rid communities like ours of these dangerous devices,” they said.

Again, per federal law, civilians can’t possess post ’86 auto sears.  Asking for clarification on a matter that doesn’t need clarification is a complete waste of time.  

Criminals are, of course, the problem. They are the ones who are flouting the law and using 3D printers, CNC machines, and other methods to fabricate Glock switches and distribute them amongst their gangster friends. Expecting these violent offenders to suddenly adhere to “updated and explicit guidance” from ATF is laughable.

What law enforcement and prosecutors can and should do is start throwing the book at any violent perp caught with a switch. Federal guidelines allow for a $250,000 fine and 10 years in prison for possession of an unregistered machine gun. This seems like a good place to start. Criminals may begin to get the message when they’re prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Turdthrower April 29, 2022, 12:12 pm

    The showed enough detail in this story so you can make one yourself. Thanks guys.

  • kaiten ramotowski April 16, 2022, 9:56 am

    I’m sick and tired of the fed. Claiming gun violence that lumps together all firearms deaths that blame the mental I’ll for all gun deaths but if you read cdc reports you would discover its falsely placing the blam read it for you self not what the media claims a gun can not kill or hurt anyone without someone pulling the trigger and the majority of people pulling the trigger are so called normal a mentally ill person is only .4 percent to do violent crime there is so much propaganda by media and politicians that the truth they claim are screwed and false they need to realize that mentality I’ll persons are 98% more likely to be a victim of violent crime than a sole called normal person

  • FRANK April 15, 2022, 10:00 am

    WHEN THE LAW CATCHES THESE CRIMINALS FOR KILLING OR DRIVE BY SHOOTING AND KILLING PEOPLE & LITTLE CHILDREN, AND ARE FOUND GUILTY OF ALL COUNTS. THEN GIVE THEM I APPEAL IN 90 DAYS. THEN IF THE APPEAL IS DENIED, 30 DAYS LATER FRY THEM OR INJECT THEM. AFTER A FEW DOZEN LIKE THIS MAY STOP IT.

  • Robert Peterson April 15, 2022, 6:30 am

    So these “representatives of the people” are delegating their authority and responsibility to a rogue agency?

  • Will Drider April 15, 2022, 1:16 am

    Are these ignorant politicians not familiar with the Glock18? The Glock factory production full auto capable “Glock”. Or that certain Federal firearm license holders can: manufacture, stock, demo and sell new production (Post 1986) fully auto capable “machineguns” to authorized buyers?
    The video they reference isn’t selling anything from these that posted it or anyone else. If the video is so alarming, those signatories best not watch action or war movie. “The horror, the horror!!!
    Once again the LAW is not broken, it just needs to be applied, not “pled down” and hold violators fully accountable to the maximum penalty prescribed. Of course, it takes prosecuting attorneys and judges that are willing to apply the LAW for it to have punitive and deterent value. The “Subject Letter” is just another gun grabbing political attempt to get attention: “Look, we’re doing something.” Laughable.

    • Rouge1 April 15, 2022, 12:37 pm

      You mean those unconstitutional laws that infringe upon your second amendment right that you seem to be so willing to accept? I have never seen an amendment to the constitution passed to grant the government this power. Which one was it the 28th amendment?

      • Will Drider April 15, 2022, 6:13 pm

        I’m just dealing with what we are burdened and bound to under existing Law. Regardless of how some folks think all the restrictive firearm Law are B.S., and conflict with the Constitutional and Natural/God given Rights: it’s the prosecutor/judge/jury interpretation that could controls the fate of those charged. You are more than welcome call it the way you do but there’s talk and then there’s compliance. So……
        Done with this.

        • Mason St John April 29, 2022, 10:50 am

          So you sound like your the problem .

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