Anti-Gun Group Petitions ATF to Restrict 80 Percent Receivers
By Chris Eger
A lump of aluminum partially machined into a receiver-ish shape could be termed a firearm under a suggested rulemaking petition sent to ATF by a multi-million dollar gun control group– a move that would require it to be serialized and transferred with a 4473 through an FFL. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Everytown, a Bloomberg-funded gun control group, petitioned federal regulators this week to change how so-called “80 percent” receivers are handled.
The move goes after what has been described as “ghost guns” made from unserialized receivers. An increasingly popular way for hobbyist firearm builders to legally make their own guns for personal use, unfinished frames and receivers kits for Glock-style handguns and AR-style rifles and pistols are widespread.
As part of their 23-page petition to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the group argues that ATF can “immediately start the process to correct course and has the authority to do so on its own” without the direction of the White House, the court system or Congress, pointing to the agency’s recent rulemaking change reclassifying bump stocks as illegal machine guns.
Everytown even supplied suggested language for a proposed rulemaking change to ATF, one that would treat unfinished receivers and frames as regular firearms,