(NRCC News) – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has announced more gun parts to be added to the list of prohibited weapons as part of the Biden regime’s attempt at gun control.
On Tuesday, the ATF specified that partially complete Polymer80, Lone Wolf and similar striker-fired semi-automatic pistol frames fall under Gun Control Act regulations.
The Biden regime proclaimed in 2021 that it was going to stop “ghost guns” from being made and distributed around the US. The pistol frames now being targeted by the ATF are often used in the making of such weapons, the bureau has stated.
“They preserved most industrial unfinished receivers, especially those made out of metal, and they created a new classification for what they were trying to target, which was mostly frames of polymer for pistols,” Defense Distributed Managing Director Cody Wilson told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
In an open letter sent to federal firearms licensees, the ATF argued that partially complete Polymer80, Lone Wolf and similar striker-fired semi-automatic pistol frames “may readily be completed, assembled, restored, or otherwise converted” to a functional frame and therefore fall under GCA jurisdiction in accordance with the Justice Department’s “Frame or Receiver” rule.
The rule went into effect in August and says regulations for completed firearms also apply to gun parts kits that can be readily converted into them.
The Biden regime declared its intention to stop “ghost guns” which it classifies as un-serialized, privately-made firearms, back in April of 2021. At the time the White House called them “the weapon of choice for many violent criminals.”
The DCNF reported that the regime pointed out that “law enforcement had been struggling to determine individual buyers of ghost guns found at crime scenes because the weapons were not marked with serial numbers.”
“Today’s open letter is another important step in implementing the crucial public safety rule regarding privately made firearms, or Ghost Guns,” ATF Director Steven Dettelbach noted Tuesday. “Ghost Guns can kill like other firearms if they are in the wrong hands, so they are treated as firearms under the law. This means that they must have serial numbers so that law enforcement can trace if they are used in crimes like other guns, and also that those engaged in the business of selling them must be licensed dealers and run background checks.”
Defense Distributed Managing Director Cody Wilson explained to the DCNF that the Polymer80 handgun kit had grown in popularity and the Biden regime wanted to stop it. He also said the regime had to face the challenge of “making it seem like they were addressing this ghost gun problem and hiding the dirty fact that most of the industry relies on unfinished receivers.”
“They redefined the definition of a firearm and they included most of the commercial polymer frames in that definition, but they gave themselves so much latitude that it’s indecipherable without asking the agency for a specific determination on any given product or any given kit,” Wilson remarked.
“They preserved most industrial unfinished receivers, especially those made out of metal, and they created a new classification for what they were trying to target, which was mostly frames of polymer for pistols,” he added.
Defense Distributed has been involved firsthand in the fight against the regime’s attempts to squash our Second Amendment rights. Just recently it intervened in the Texas federal court case VanDerStok v. Garland which challenges the “Frame or Receiver” rule.
Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation argue that the rule “illegally expands” the regulatory definition of a “firearm” “far beyond both its statutory and constitutional borders.”
Northern Texas U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor preliminarily ruled in that case in September, agreeing with the argument that the ATF usurped congressional authority as Congress has defined a “firearm” as being a finished frame or receiver.
“I think, unless the Fifth Circuit does something crazy, the whole rule’s gonna be struck down because of this judge in this case, but in the meantime ATF’s showing its hand,” Wilson told the DCNF. “The entire time all it wanted to do was kill all components and kits which could be so-called ‘readily convertible,’ and they use that definition to apply to not just things that can be readily converted into firearms, but things that can be readily converted into frames and receivers of firearms. So, it’s just a whole lot of stuff that they wanted to cram into this definition of a firearm, and they’re gonna get away with it if not for Judge O’Connor here.”
The Biden regime is desperately trying to clamp down on Second Amendment rights as much as they can with or without Congress. Fortunately, we still have a judicial system in the US that, most of the time, protects us from tyranny and governmental abuse.
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