On Friday, Federal District Court Judge Reed O’Connor reissued preliminary injunctions against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) from enforcing the Final Rule (FINAL RULE 2021R-05F) on frames and receivers against two companies.
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The two companies protected against the ATF’s rule are Defense Distributed, makers of the Ghost Gunner, and Blackhawk Manufacturing Group, Inc., d/b/a 80 Percent Arms. The Texas-based case is Vanderstok v. Garland and has been at the center of the fight over incomplete frames and receivers for a little over a year.
In 2021, President Joe Biden tasked the ATF to develop rules to tackle what he called “ghost guns.”
To him and others who share his views, unserialized frames are a tool of criminals. In the gun world, privately manufactured firearms (PMF) are a part of our history and tradition. Regardless, the ATF would follow the President’s orders and develop a rule against frames and jigs being sold together.
Numerous parties launched lawsuits against the ATF rule, which many believed exceeded the ATF’s authority. In August of 2022, Jennifer VanDerStok, Michael Andren, Tactical Machining, LLC, and the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) would sue United States Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Justice Department (DOJ) in Texas.
While the lawsuits were happening, the anti-gun groups were up in arms. The ATF’s rule didn’t go far enough for these anti-gun organizations. These groups would demand the ATF close the “ghost gun loophole” and ban unfinished frames and receivers. The ATF acquiesced to these groups’ demands and expanded its rule through a public letter issued on December 27, 2022. The ATF would now consider any unfinished frames to be firearms from that point onward.
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