For Immediate Release
Springfield, VA—On Friday twenty senators sent a letter directly to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) demanding accountability for its “incredibly troubling […] pattern of secret regulation” and for making “blanket threats” for “possessing various firearms accessories, none of which are illegal based on any statute or regulation.”
Gun Owners of America first broke the news that the ATF was “ordering [the] seizure of various items and referring to those in possession as ‘defendants’” in January on an episode of The Minuteman Moment entitled ATF LEAK: Trigger Confiscation (and MORE) Incoming.
Through a FOIA request made by the Gun Owners Foundation, GOA was also able to provide internal ATF technical bulletins to the senators which shed light on the ATF’s long and malicious history of secret guidance documents:
Disturbingly, ATF made these documents available only to those tasked with enforcing the law, rather than those who strive to comply with it. Indeed, ATF marked these documents as ‘Law Enforcement Sensitive’ to conceal them from the firearms industry and the American public.
These internal tech bulletins were published on the Gun Owners Foundation website today.
Aidan Johnston, Director of Federal Affairs for Gun Owners of America said: “GOA is proud to see Senators standing up to the ATF on behalf of solvent trap and semi-automatic trigger owners.” Johnston continued, “Using secret guidance to confiscate firearm accessories and criminally prosecute gun owners constitutes an un-American infringement on the right to keep and bear arms.”