SAF Challenges ATF’s Rule Redefining Gun Parts in Supreme Court

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In a significant move last week, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) filed a response brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. This action targets the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ new rule, which redefines frames and receivers as firearms.

The case, known as VanDerStok v. Garland, sees SAF teaming up with Defense Distributed, Polymer80, Inc., and JSD Supply, represented by Texas attorney Charles R. Flores.

The brief spotlights the Gun Control Act of 1968, enacted without the intent to hinder private firearm ownership or usage.

It points out the tradition of building personal firearms, noting the original act did not categorize gun parts or kits as firearms. In 1978, ATF’s ruling excluded “receiver blanks” from being considered firearms.

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Polymer80 kit. (Photo: Polymer80)

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Alan M. Gottlieb, SAF founder, highlights a significant shift in 2022. The ATF redefined ‘firearm’ to include parts kits and frames or receivers. Gottlieb argues this change unlawfully criminalizes a deeply rooted American tradition.

Adam Kraut, SAF Executive Director and attorney, emphasizes the rule’s severe legal implications, particularly for home gunsmiths who build their guns. He insists that making personal guns without government interference is a constitutional right, rooted in national history.

Kraut calls the rule change an overreach by the federal agency and current administration, aiming to unlawfully criminalize a part of American heritage.

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  • Cz March 15, 2024, 10:42 am

    What about frame screws? (screw the anti freedom and anti liberty politicians on both sides of the aisle)

  • Nobody March 15, 2024, 9:35 am

    Whats next a drill bit?

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment March 13, 2024, 10:15 am

    sure hope cartridges don’t count as parts

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