BREAKING NEWS: GST-9 IS EXEMPT FROM LATEST ATF RULE CLARIFICATION
We're really ending the year on a bang, folks. On December 27, 2022 the ATF issued an open letter to all FFL’s in the nation to further explain the impact of the 2021R-05F rule. Essentially, the ATF has unlawfully extended the definition of a firearm from the Gun Control Act of 1968 based on the term “readily” to 80% polymer pistol frames.
However, this latest clarification letter from the ATF on partially complete polymer pistol frames did not affect our GST-9 products due to the injunction we received from a federal court.
As a result, 80% Arms is currently the only manufacturer where you can purchase an 80% polymer pistol frame without an FFL.
For a more in depth explanation of what’s going on please see our complete breakdown blog for the ATF’s clarification letter on partially complete pistol frames.
Judge is Making Oregon Wait before Measure 114 goes into effect
The situation in Oregon regarding Measure 114 is putting stress on thousands of would-be new gun owners who have recently purchased new firearms. In Oregon, they don’t necessarily have a waiting period however, if they encounter any issues on their background checks where it doesn’t come back immediately, the NICS system has 3 days to process that check for the buyer before they are automatically allowed to take possession of their purchase (this is legal).
Proponents of gun control are calling this a loophole to obtain firearms while gun rights advocates explain that increasing restrictions on Oregonian’s ability to obtain firearms is infringing on the Second Amendment as the state then has ability to slow-walk the background check or might not process them at all. Additionally, the Oregon DOJ still has not shown that they have infrastructure ready to properly enforce Measure 114.
Measure 114 requires gun buyers to obtain a permit, much like the Californian Firearm Safety Certificate card system, which will allow Oregonians to purchase guns for five years before needing to renew it. The prerequisites to get said permit are still vague and not completely determined.
Oregon’s DOJ and anti-gun politicians may as well be at war with Oregonians as a gun buying permit is not the only thing that will come of Measure 114. It also includes an “assault weapon” ban and will clear the way for frivolous lawsuits against firearms manufacturers in OR.For now, a state judge is holding the crazies off while he waits to make an official decision by January 3, 2023 which means the decision could be rendered earlier as well.
Record Number of Firearms Caught at TSA in 2022
Traveling during the holiday season this year is insane. I should know, I flew with Southwest Airlines to visit family for Christmas and luckily made it to my destination with my guns unscathed. With record flights being canceled, we’re also seeing a record high of the amount of guns getting caught at TSA checkpoints. In fact, the amount of guns caught at TSA have increased by 600% since 2010. Why might that be?
Well, Ammoland has made the data connection between amount of permit holders and amount of states with Constitutional Carry in the country:
Photo Source: Ammoland
So as states with Constitutional Carry increased, the frequency of finding a firearm at a TSA checkpoint became higher among an increasingly fewer number of people.
I thought I was in Home Alone when I was trying to check in my bags at the airport, it was pure pandemonium even at 4 in the morning. Is it understandable for people to be forgetful during this season? Yes.
That’s still no excuse for you to not pack your gun correctly. It’s like the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld. You want soup? Better play and pay by his rules.
You definitely don’t want to be a repeat offender like former Congressman Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) who kept on forgetting he had a loaded gun while rolling thru TSA. I mean, TSA is often angry enough as it is, why infuriate them anymore? TSA has also updated their guidelines on traveling with firearms, see our blog with advice on how to pack your guns here.
Will California’s Handgun Roster Finally End?
Depending on how the Renna v. Bonta court case goes, we very well may be seeing the end of the infamous handgun roster in CA. The Second Amendment Foundation has filed for a preliminary injunction against a new ban which would take many guns off the CA Roster under the “Unsafe Handgun Act” (UHA) which has been in place since 2001 but is actively violating the Second Amendment.
Under the UHA, an alarming amount of handguns which are commonly used, owned and bought for lawful purposes by millions of Americans would be banned for Californians to buy brand new. This would only further exacerbate the second hand market where law abiding citizens are forced to pay a premium of two to three times the normal price of a firearm which may cost only five to eight hundred dollars in a different state.
The UHA is not only banning guns that Californian’s couldn’t buy in the first place, it’s removing guns that have been on the approved roster list for years. (If you’re not familiar, ‘On Roster’ means you can buy that in a store while ‘Off Roster’ means you can only buy it through a private party transfer).
The key words here, folks, are COMMON USE. It has been maintained by the Supreme Court via the DC v. Heller case that it is unlawful to unreasonably regulate or ban products from Americans that are in “common use.” Given how the Bruen ruling has also been steamrolling cases around the country surrounding gun control cases, we are excited to see how this case plays out in the federal courts.
It may take some time to fully eradicate, but it is not unlikely that the California Handgun Roster’s days are now numbered.
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We did a lot this year. Moving to Texas from California wasn’t easy. We earned a major victory taking the ATF to court — receiving an injunction effectively blocking the rule. 2022 was a year of new products, better service and incredible support from our customers.
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