Category Archives: Short Barreled Rifles

Has the ATF changed their mind about the Sig brace?

Update:  For the latest news on the stabilizing brace issue, see my March 21, 2017 update. … Over the last week I have had a flood of emails from clients wanting to know what I think about the ATF’s seemingly ever-changing … Continue reading

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How do I expedite a Form 20?

Earlier this week I received a call from a client who had a last-minute opportunity to attend an out-of-state hunting event.  While he was excited about the opportunity, he had a problem.  The gun he wanted to take was an … Continue reading

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What do I need to do when traveling out-of-state with my NFA items?

Many of us, myself included, live in an area where we often cross state borders. When such a trip includes your NFA items then certain federal statutes may come into play. In particular, 18 U.S.C. 922(a)(4) specifies that: (a) It shall be … Continue reading

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Which buffer tubes may I use on my AR pistol?

Recently a client contacted me to ask whether the addition of a carbine buffer tube to an AR pistol build would somehow transform the pistol into a short barreled rifle (SBR). This question illustrates just how much confusion there is … Continue reading

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Do I need to engrave an 80% receiver I am going to SBR?

This is a question that was recently asked by one of my client.  The answer, as with most issues involving the NFA and ATF regulations, requires a slightly detailed answer. First let’s talk about the general requirements for completing an … Continue reading

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Does the Mako magwell grip make an AR pistol into an AOW?

Over the last several weeks I have been discussing accessories for the AR pistol platform and the NFA classification issues that arise when they are used. I started by discussing the Sig Sauer pistol stabilizing brace and how its use … Continue reading

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What do I need to do regarding my NFA items when I move?

Probably the single question I am asked most frequently by NFA trust clients is “What do I need to do when I move?” When I mentioned this to one of my law school classmates (who does not own any NFA … Continue reading

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May I abbreviate my trust name when I engrave an SBR?

Recently a client called me to ask if he could abbreviate his trust name when he engraved an SBR. As one might expect in the Google age, prior to calling me he had searched on the internet and, based upon … Continue reading

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We have an update on the ATF’s proposed NFA trust rule changes

Last week, the board of the American Silencer Association (ASA) met with the NFA branch to get an update on the status of the proposed rule change regarding the use of trusts to acquire NFA items. As you may recall, the … Continue reading

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It’s time to comment on ATF’s disastrous proposed rulemaking

For those of you who are not familiar with the issue, the ATF is proposing to modify the regulations governing NFA applications for trusts, corporations, and other non-individual legal entities. If you are not a NFA collector, you might be tempted to … Continue reading

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