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ATF to accept public comments prior to outlawing shotguns

May 27, 2012
Jack Minor, Greeley Gazette
4/20/2012
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is taking a rare step of allowing public comments prior to issuing a decision on a study that could result in outlawing certain types of shotguns currently available to citizens.

The ATF completed a study regarding the importability of certain shotguns. The basis for a possible ban is based on a loosely defined “Sporting Purpose” test. Using the vague definition almost all pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns could be banned as they are all capable of accepting a magazine, box or tube capable of holding more than 5 rounds. Other characteristics determined to be “military” by the ATF can also be used as a basis for a ban.

Ironically, many shotguns with “military” features are currently being used in shooting competitions held by the USPSA, IDPA and IPSC. The rules could also result in obscure regulations where an individual would be unsure if he is violating them or not.

Dudley Brown, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, said if the ATF succeeds with the banning of tactical shotguns it “will be the most dangerous interpretation of the 1968 Gun Control Act ever envisioned and will outlaw thousands of perfectly legitimate home defense shotguns.”

The ATF is currently allowing public comments on the study until the end of the month. Those wishing to express concerns about the study can send an email to shotgunstudy@atf.gov

One Comment leave one →
  1. sheri permalink
    May 30, 2012 4:26 pm

    I once attended an FCC meeting “allowing public comments prior to issuing a decision on a study”. They let a good number of people speak. Later it was obvious that the policy had already been written well in advance of the public hearings and its implementation was going to happen no matter how many “public hearings” were held. It’s all a ruse to make the public think that we actually have a say. Let the peons vent, the elite know best.

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