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2A Newsletter: May 28th

80 Percent Arms   |   May 28th 2021

David Chipman’s Botched Hearing

Biden’s choice to lead the ATF isn’t a very good one. While being inundated with questions from Republican senators about the definition of an AR15, Chipman struggled HARD to provide a response when asked to provide a definitive answer.

Senator Tom Colton confronted Chipman saying “ You have called for an assault weapon ban, I have a question for you: What is an assault weapon” Chipman then responded by saying “an assault weapon would be, in the context of the question you asked, what congress defines it as”. Cotton then replied by saying “So you’re asking us to ban assault weapons, We have to write legislation. Can you tell me, what is an assault weapon? How would you define it if you were the head of the ATF? How have you defined it over the last several years in your role as a gun control advocate?”

Cottons response prompted Chipman to declare the definition of an Assault Weapon by using the ATF’s definition which is “any semi-automatic rifle capable of accepting a detachable magazine above the caliber of .22, which would include a .223, which is, you know largely the AR-15 round.”

While there is actually no legal definition of an assault rifle, Chipman’s definition of an assault weapon could make any modern sporting rifle classified as an assault weapon.

You can view their exchange here

 A Break Down on Bidens Proposed Rules Regarding Ghost Guns

So, in case you have been living under a rock the term Ghost Gun is commonly used when it comes to the media discussing 80% builds or homemade firearms. The media defines ghost guns as a firearm that isn’t serialized whether the serial number was removed by an individual, or if a serial number is federally exempt from having one. In simpler terms, they are called ghost guns because they are unmarked and there are no records of their existence.

So, currently the federal law surrounding homemade firearms doesn’t regulate the purchase of firearm parts such as triggers or uppers. Instead, it regulates lower receivers that are readily able to house the trigger, hammer and other parts that make the gun fire.

The new rules would expand the definition of a lower receiver or frame to include any part of the gun that is part of the firing process, meaning upper receivers would be regulated as a firearm. This would also regulate build kits containing lowers and other parts necessary to complete a firearm. Any 80% lower or 80% build kit would be regulated as a fully functional firearm and they would not be allowed to be sold without a serial number or background check.

While build kits would still be available, they will no longer be allowed to ship directly to your door. In order to purchase one of these kits, you would be subjected to a background check and the kit would then be shipped to an FFL where you would then pick it up.

This new definition would require you to undergo a background check anytime you purchase a replacement part and it would also require multiple serial numbers stamped throughout different parts of your homemade firearm.

These rules are now open to a comment period of just 90 days in the Federal Registrar!

Go leave a comment and let the ATF know what you think of their new definitions!

Don’t be afraid to speak up, this is your chance to be heard and to make a difference in the firearm community. Don't feel discouraged either, remember, just last year gun owners were able to fight back against the proposed regulations on pistol braces by commenting on the rules in the federal registry. After receiving an overwhelming amount of comments declaring the ruling as unconstitutional, the ATF then removed the new set of rules.

Texas Takes A Stand For 2A Rights

Texas has been busy preserving their 2A rights. Just this month alone, they passed 3 bills that ensure 2A freedom.

First off, The Texas Senate gave final approval to House Bill HB957 by a vote of 95-51. HB957 would repeal Texas code criminalizing owning a firearm “silencer,” more accurately referred to as a sound “suppressor” – outside of Federal regulations. The bill would also ban the state from enforcing any federal restrictions on suppressors that don’t exist under the laws of the state.This bill now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk and it also takes the first two steps against the NFA’s restrictions on suppressors.

Another piece of legislation that the Texas Senate approved and sent to Gov Greg Abbotts desk is House Bill 1927. HB 1927 would remove the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns, as long as they are not prohibited from possessing a gun of course. This bill would ultimately allow any person over the age of 21 to carry a handgun.

Lastly, the Texas state legislature is currently debating a bill (SB 19) that would end taxpayer support to contract with corporations that willfully discriminate against the firearm industry. So far, the bill passed the state’s House of Representatives and is pending in the state Senate.SB 19 is termed the FIND Act (Firearm Industry Nondiscrimination). It would end discrimination against the firearm industry by preventing anti 2A corporations from doing business with the state. The legislation would ultimately deny the ability for these large businesses to benefit from taxpayer-funded state or municipal contracts while holding policies that deny services to firearm-related businesses.

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