If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a petition to eliminate the NFA tax stamp associated with short barreled rifles (SBR)

You can see the petition here. Or at whitehouse.gov. The petition reads as follows:


Remove the need for citizens to register a Short Barreled Rifle (SBR) with the ATF, paying a $200 tax stamp.

A rifle is a firearm with a barrel length greater than 16 inches. A Short Barreled Rifle (SBR) is a rifle with a barrel shorter than 16 inches. An SBR is less effective than a rifle but more effective than a handgun for self-defense. It is also more efficient for traversing close quarters to clear a threat from your place of residence such as a burglar, etc. As of right now, you can purchase a bull-pup rifle or rifle with a folding stock which is, in most cases, shorter in over all length than a SBR. The need to register an SBR (and Short Barreled Shotgun) is unjustified and the requirement should be removed.

They need 100,000 signatures by August 1. At present, the site indicates just 7,104 signatures so far. Please consider signing. It would be at least one step toward eliminating NFA registration all together. We may never see the entire NFA repealed but, it would be nice if we could at least eliminate NFA registration for rifles and shotguns.


Final ruling on ATF41P pushed back to 2015

So it looks like the final ruling on ATF41P has been pushed back to 2015. Translation; for the time being at least, NFA items can continued to be transferred to a trust or corporation.


DOJ/ATF RIN: 1140-AA43 Publication ID: Spring 2014
Title: Machine Guns, Destructive Devices and Certain Other Firearms; Background Checks for Responsible Persons of a Corporation, Trust, or Other Legal Entity With Respect to Making or Transferring a Firearm
Abstract: The Department of Justice is planning to finalize a proposed rule to amend the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) regarding the making or transferring of a firearm under the National Firearms Act. As proposed, the rule would; (1) add a definition for the term “responsible person”; (2) require each responsible person of a corporation, trust or legal entity to complete a specified form, and to submit photographs and fingerprints; and (3) modify the requirements regarding the certificate of the chief law enforcement officer (CLEO).
Agency: Department of Justice(DOJ) Priority: Other Significant
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage
Major: No Unfunded Mandates: No
CFR Citation: 27 CFR 479
Legal Authority: 26 USC 7805
Legal Deadline:  None

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 09/09/2013 78 FR 55014
NPRM Comment Period End 12/09/2013
Final Action 01/00/2015
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No Government Levels Affected: None
Small Entities Affected: No Federalism: No
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No
Agency Contact:
Brenda R. Friend
Department of Justice
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
99 New York Avenue, NE.,
Washington, DC 20226
Phone:202 648-7070