This episode we discuss the open letter from the ATF on forced reset triggers.
Letter from the AFT
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Well, welcome to the live to sheet podcast. My name is Jeff Dowdell and I have been a licensed firearm dealer for the last 14 years. And this podcast, we talk about all things related to the second amendment, as well as my throwing something going on in everyday politics or something going on in my personal life. So welcome. Welcome, welcome. And today is Sunday, March 27th, and I am a little late getting this out. I beginning of. Commitment that I wouldn't put pressure on myself to get one out or I put a timeline around it, but I am just so add sometimes. And so OCD that, despite what I say, I still put pressure on myself. You know, this week was a crazy week. We had internet problems. We had baseball, we had a, my great niece three-year-old she stayed with us on Friday and yesterday. So, you know, That just throws chaos into the mix and you know, she's great. Been a while since, you know, we, we take care of her quite often, but it is, we don't, you know, it's been a while since we had a three-year-old in the house on a constant basis, but anyway, it is Sunday getting ready, trying to get this wrapped up before the F1 race starts here in about an hour. Become a big F1 fan. For some reason, I watched the Netflix drive to survive. If you haven't watched it, it's great. But be warned. It may make you an F1 fan and you might get addicted to it like I have. So just for morning, but anyway, so the ATF has added again on Thursday. They sent an open letter out to all the FFLs farm dealers regarding forced reset triggers. And so they have come down with it. On this, and I'll just read an N true ATF form and fashion. It is clear, unclear, vague, and my opinion incorrect. They are redefining again, what a machine gun is to fit what they want it to be. But here we go. This is the opening paragraph of the letter, the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives recently examined devices, commonly known as force reset triggers, and has to determine that certain. Of them are farms and machine guns. It's defined in the national farms act and machine guns is defined in the gun control act. So again, they're first off it's some, and as we go through the letter, they, they don't define which ones they are. Again, they, they, they say these. As RTS are being marketed as replacement triggers, unlike traditional triggers and pioneer triggers, the subject fr tase do not require a shooters to pull. And then subconsciously you release the trigger to fire a second shot. Instead, these fire fr teams utilize the firing cycle to eliminate the need for the shooter to release the trigger. Before second shot is fired by contests. Some aftermarket jurors have similar components, but also incorporate a disconnect or, or similar feature to ensure that trigger must be released. So both the NFA and GFA regulate machine guns. And here's their, here's the, I want to give you the definition of a machine gun, any weapon, which shoots is a time to shoot or can be readily restored to shoot automatically more than one shot without manual reloading by single function. Of the trigger. And then they go on to say, and so here, they're talking about a single function, but then now later on, they start finding it as a single trigger pull, which can be, is two different things. And so when you look at the way, a lot of these force reset triggers are it is again, the trigger is it it's functioning as the trigger. It is hitting the firing pin. It's forcing the, the hammer to hit the firing pin it, then reset. And the shooter can reset it or re, and then another poll is made. The difference between a fourth reset is for, is it automatically resets that trigger for the shooter? And then once again, the once it's engaged, it can be released and it can fire again. And so, you know, the ATF is manipulating their definition F because one it's there the way they tried to interpret what the, what Congress voted. Versus what Congress put into code has always been, is two different things. And if they want to change it, they need to go back to Congress and have Congress rewrite the law to fit the definition that they've they've put in place. They they consistently, and this comes back to ghost guns as well. They're redefining what a ghost, what a firearm is for a ghost gun. That ruling is going to come out shortly and. You know, it's probably going to be something very similar and they're going to not identify anything specific. They're just going to say they might, they might be some of these out here. So, so the ATF says in here, ATS examination found that some FRT devices allow or trigger a PharmD automatically expel more than one shot. Again, ATF is classified as these devices and machines. And the next day, any person who violates or fails to comply with the provision, and then if they may be fined up to a $10,000 per violation and subject to imprisonment for a term of 10 years. So for the percent of the machine gun possessed or transferred in violation NFA, It's subject to seizure and forfeiture. Any person who violates may be sent to prison for 10 years and find up to 250,000. So based on ATS, determination that the TAFE they're riding motorcycles the next outside, based on its determination, that fr takes function. That function is described below from machine guns under the NFA and GFA ATF, and tends to take appropriate remedial action with respect to sellers and possessors of. Boom, boom, boom. Come in for us. Current possessors of the devices are encouraged to contact the ATF for further guidance on how they may divest possession. If you are uncertain, whether the vices you possess with machine gun. Well, one when I did purchase it, it was legal. So now you have told me that it's not, but I don't really know. So I am pretty uncertain at this point. Please contact your local ATF office and then. Say Mr. Federal agent, I think I am a felon now. Com what should I do? That is what they want. They haven't told you what they're looking for. They're going to decide again, just like they've always do. They're going to look at it inside. Yeah. This one may, this one may not, and you have no way of knowing. So do not, in my opinion, this is not legal device, but I would not contact the ATF. If you have a force reset trigger until you have contacted the attorney and then, and make sure that tourney is a second amendment of farm. Specialized attorney that understands the law as it pertains to this issue, because this is going to be a tricky issue. You're going to be dealing with the ATF and they're coming for you. They're trying to make examples of everybody and there they are going to operate in their typical gray zone and they're going to do whatever they can to. Prosecute and I'm in prison, people in my opinion, and, and take away these and they're coming for right. FFLs as well. We've talked about that. They're looking for ways to come get our licenses. You know, I'm maybe putting my neck out there by doing these types of podcasts because again, they're, they're looking for these rogue FFL dealers and I do everything legally. I followed every rule that they have, but I am certain that they would find some reason to come after me. So remember, I've seen didn't hang so. I'm just saying. So again, the ATF is out there. They're redefining the law without going through Congress. They're overstepping their powers. And this is just another example of why we got to drain the swamp. We have got to get these people out of there. We have got to get back to defending our constitution. I'm going to post a link to this letter in the show notes. So you can go and get it. If you have anything like a device like this that you think may be subject contact an attorney. As my advice to you, contact your attorney. Happy, happy Sunday, have a great Sunday. I will talk to you next week.