ATF Reversal

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by Malum Prohibitum, Dec 12, 2006.

  1. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    http://firefaster.com/
    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
    ATF DECIDES THE AKINS ACCELERATORâ„¢ TO BE A MACHINEGUN

    Akins Group Inc. regrets to announce that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reversed its position and has decided the Akins Acceleratorâ„¢ to be a machinegun conversion kit, thereby subjecting it to strict regulation under the Gun Control Act (GCA) and National Firearms Act (NFA).

    ATF rescinded its previous determination that the Akins Acceleratorâ„¢ was not subject to the GCA or NFA (see http://www.firefaster.com/documentation.html). Attorneys for the Akins Group Inc. are seeking reconsideration by ATF of its new position. In the interim, any sale, transfer, or return of the Akins Acceleratorâ„¢ must be suspended. Akins Group Inc. will advise further after meeting with ATF.

    Akins Group Inc. has received no instruction as to the disposition of units in customer hands. Please refrain from public speculation and emotional responses and allow our Attorneys to advocate for everyone's best interests.
     
  2. mzmtg

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    Good thing the whim of a nameless beauraucrat can instantly turn dozens of people into felons.
     

  3. rajl

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    So just what is the Akins Accelerator?
     
  4. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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  6. rajl

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    Reading the cached copy, I'm surprised the ATF didn't classify it as full-auto the first time around.
     
  7. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, there IS a reversal. After Mr. Jeffries's letter in the link above, there are three more letters that show the ATF already issued an opinion on this or a very similar device stating it was in fact not an NFA item!

    On ATF letterhead.

    UPDATE: OK, Tom Bowers (www.subguns.com) is the president of Akins Group, so this was the same company and same device. The ATF simply reversed its earlier position.

    As for the customers who already have them . . . :shock:
     
  8. gunsmoker

    gunsmoker Lawyer and Gun Activist

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    Looks like FUN

    This thing looks like a "BMF activator" type device built-into a stock. It allows the trigger of the gun to be held in place while the gun recoils around it, which accomplishes the same thing as pulling the trigger at the same rate that the gun recoils-- and for the 10/22, that looks like about 900 rounds per minute! It's the same principle as "bump fire." Have you guys seen the You Tube video clips showing guys "bump firing" semi-autos? They have to hold the gun at hip level, but they get a fast cyclic rate. This new device permits the gun to be held normally on the shoulder while achieving full-auto rates of fire.

    Here's a cut-and-paste from the cached version of the firm's website:

    “…As noted previously, the proposed theory of operation of this stock involves the application of the movement of the counter recoiling rifle to initiate a rapid succession of semiautomatic fire. Our examination and subsequent classification revealed that the stock did not constitute a “machinegun†as that term is defined in the National Firearms Act (NFA), 26 U.S.C. Chapter 53…â€

    In fact, the stock and assembly are not even a firearm, but merely an accessory.

    If a semi-automatic firearm is unmodified and functioning correctly, it can only discharge one shot per function of the trigger, as it is designed to do, and must do to be legal. The term "machinegun" is defined as a weapon that shoots "automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger,"



    MY TAKE ON THIS You pull the trigger one time with your finger. You hold the trigger back and do not release it. If the gun fires more than once, it's an NFA weapon. If it fires only once, its a semi-auto. If it sometimes fires more than once but sometimes does not, depending on how you hold the gun and the way your finger manipulates the trigger, then it should not be called a machinegun because you're not getting multiple rounds off from a "single function" of the trigger.

    I hate to see BATF reverse itself. But on the other hand, if BATF took the gun owners' side on this one and the US Attorney's Office and the FBI had a different interpretation, what would the likely result be? Some U.S. District Court could (and probably would) convict the first few people charged with illegal manufacture of a machinegun despite BATF experts testifying for the defense. Now that BATF has reversed its own ruling and is now saying that this is a machinegun conversion kit, at least BATF will be able to work with the manufacturer and the public to handle the problem. Maybe an amnesty program?

    When BATF re-classified 18" barreled semi-auto Street Sweeper shotguns as "Destructive Devices" several years ago, they had an amnesty registration program. I registered mine, and chopped the barrel back down to a non-sporting 12" at the same time. I guess BATF can't do the same thing for the machineguns, because of the 20-year old ban on registering full-auto firearms made after November, 1986. But they can give people time to dispose of them lawfully. They could be sold to Class 3 dealers to be resold to police agencies. Maybe they could be sold to buyers in some foreign country where Ruger 10/22 rifles are legal and their definition of a "machinegun" would not apply to this device?
     
  9. jason1

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    Where is the NRA in this

    The NRA is leader in our gun rights where the hell are they. I think this device isn't a NFA part because the rifle is semi-automatic.This is not like a lighting-link which pop in and turn the rifle into full-auto.For godsake is just a stock and doesn't play with the disconnector its not like this club fed stuff http://www.notpurfect.com/main/intro2.htm I hate the ATF :cry:P.S I wouldn't try to use this in anyway because if you love your freedom then don't do it.
     
  10. Malum Prohibitum

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    Doesn't that look like they are coming to get you with a SWAT team if you don't account for it?
     
  12. Macktee

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    Ya just KNOW some people are gonna say they sold their's to "some guy at a gun show" and don't know his name or address.

    That's when the SWAT team will come to visit...

    Let's just hope those dumbasses at least have the good sense to move their Akins Accelerator out of the house.

    But ya just KNOW some of then won't be that smart!

    Stay tuned...
     
  13. Malum Prohibitum

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    Because it is a nasty little death dealing machine!

    A weapon of mass destruction!

    No purpose other than to mow down hapless and helpless crowd of nuns!
     
  14. Malum Prohibitum

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    Seriously, though, does it say "Confession" in small print over the signature line?
     
  15. Rammstein

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    You forgot the children. Won't someone please think of the children?!