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Posted By FFL Dealer Network on 12/11/2018 in ATF Updates

ATF: Discontinuance of Accessory Classifications

ATF: Discontinuance of Accessory Classifications

BLUF: If you hold a Type 07 or even a Type 11 FFL, pay extra attention to this new firearm accessory classification guidance.

If you're on the ATF mailing list (which if you're reading this you should be), the Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch (FTISB) has announced:

"Effective immediately, any requests for a determination on how an accessory affects the classification of a firearm under the GCA or NFA must include a firearm with the accessory already installed. Except in cases of conditional import determinations, FTISB will not issue a determination on an accessory unless it is attached to the submitted firearm.

If you have previously submitted a sample accessory for classification, FTISB will be returning your sample without classification. FTISB will contact you in the near future with further instructions to facilitate the return of your sample."

The FTISB falls under the Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division (FATD) and (along with the Firearms Technology Criminal Branch (FTCB)), is responsible for "matters that relate to the technical aspects of firearms and serve as the primary points of contact for other federal agencies that require assistance."

According to the ATF website:

"FTISB maintains proficiency in manufacturing techniques and practices by providing support to the firearms and ammunition industry, the general public, and ATF special agents. Annually, FTISB responds to approximately 750 industry requests regarding importation evaluations and domestic manufacturing examinations, and provides licensed manufacturers and importers with marking variances. It assists the general public regarding curio and relic determinations, responds to general inquiries, and serves as custodian of ATF’s National Firearms Collection and investigative prop inventory. FTISB also supports the full life cycle of ATF firearms from procurement of new weapons, to the ultimate destruction or reutilization of forfeited, issued, or purchased firearms and ammunition."

It would appear this new ATF guidance is aimed squarely at manufacturers.  Manufacturers will now be required to send a complete firearm with the proposed accessory attached.  This (in theory) will effectively remove ATF uncertainties and assumptions of how a manufactures proposed accessory is supposed to work.  

We welcome a healthy discourse on this interesting topic.  Let us know wht you think in the comment section below!

Note: This is just our interpretation of this new ATF accessory classification.   Please do your own due diligence in navigating the often cumbersome and ubiquitous firearm rules and regulations that govern our great nation.

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