Rare Breed Trigger Manufacturing Raided By The ATF

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ORLANDO, FL-(Ammoland.com)- Rare Breed Triggers and Wide Open Enterprises/Big Daddy Unlimited have been raided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) over its forced reset triggers. This is a breaking news story but from what AmmoLand News can gather the raid by ATF happened today, January 13th, 2022. More details have been hard to come by at this time. We are waiting on statements to be issued.

The raids come on the same day as Rare Breed Triggers won a preliminary injunction against Wide Open Enterprises for patent infringement stopping the Big Daddy Enterprise’s subsidiary from selling its popular forced reset triggers known as the Wide Open Trigger. Rare Breed claimed the Big Daddy Enterprises infringed on the patent of its FRT-15 trigger. The preliminary injunction said that only Rare Breed could produce a forced reset trigger because they were the only other company to make one. The judge was mistaken on that fact. There are other companies that produce forced reset triggers.

In July of last year, the ATF served Rare Breed Triggers with a cease and desist order ordering the company to stop selling its popular FRT-15 trigger. The company refused to comply with the ATF’s demands and filed a lawsuit in federal court against the ATF. That case was dismissed after Rare Breed Trigger missed a filing deadline. A judge also denied Rare Breed Trigger’s initial preliminary injunction against the ATF and the Department of Justice.

The ATF claimed that force reset triggers are machine guns.

The definition of a machine gun is one round per trigger pull. The ATF used deference to determine that the FRT-15 is a machine gun. A forced reset trigger works by the bolt pushing the trigger forward, thus resetting the trigger. This case is very similar to how the ATF determined that bump stocks were machine guns.

Force reset trigger popped up on the radar when an ATF employee, working in the Washington, DC office, noticed a YouTube video showing a rifle with Rare Breed’s FRT-15 installed firing. That employee contacted the ATF’s Tech Branch to see if Rare Breed obtained an opinion letter from the ATF. Rare Breed based its opinion on the legality of the trigger based on outside experts’ opinions and not the ATF’s Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division’s (FATD) ruling.

FATD informed the employee that they did not examine the trigger, but it most likely would be considered a machine gun. Months went by without further action, but the ATF employee would not be undeterred. He would reach out to the local ATF field office in Florida to push for an examination of the FRT-15 trigger.

The ATF’s examination was further delayed by the public demand for the FRT-15 trigger. The Bureau was forced to use Gun Broker to purchase two triggers to test. The ATF tested the trigger by using a zip tie to secure the trigger back. The trigger continued to fire. Some in the gun community point out that plastic is flexible, so it was actually pulling the trigger multiple times.

Owners of forced reset triggers are NOT violating the law yet. The ATF has not released any letters to the public about owning a forced reset trigger, although those letters are expected to be sent soon to owners of the triggers.

The ATF raid on Rare Breed Triggers is a developing story. Stay tuned for more information.

About John Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, or at www.crumpy.com.

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