ATF regulates chore boy scrub pads?
WorldNetDaily reported on November 26 about the latest absurdity to come from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). According to a letter that contains remarks from an ATF official, Chore Boy household scrubbers can be considered a component of a gun silencer and. therefore, regulated by federal gun laws. An attorney, on behalf of a client, asked ATF about a repair that a client desired to make on an already-registered silencer for a.22-caliber rifle. Specifically, the attorney inquired whether "sound/gas absorbing materials manufactured from Chore Boy copper clean pads, along with fiberglass insulation, constitute a silencer part as defined in 18 U.S.C 921 (a)(24) [the federal firearm law]."
The ATF confirmed that the scrub pads did constitute part of a silencer and that replacement "of any component part or parts of a registered silencer, other than a silencer wipe, would be a violation of the National Firearms Act if performed by a non-licensed manufacturer." If the attorney's client wanted to fully comply with the law, he would have to "submit an application to the ATF and pay a $200 tax." The letter also stated that it would be against the law if the owner had "a stockpile of sound-absorbing materials for his own use in replacing deteriorated sound-absorbing material."
David Codrea, who posts online as the "Gun Rights Examiner," told WorldNetDaily that the remarks by the ATF were "ridiculous. ... They have created a condition where a Chore Boy pad can be considered a silencer." In a fashion typical of D.C. bureaucrats, by carelessly responding to an inquiry from someone who actually has to deal with the consequences of federal gun laws in the real world, the ATF is now sending out signals that mere possession of cleaning pads could be open to federal investigations and even possible punishment.
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|Title Annotation:||EXERCISING THE RIGHT; United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives|
|Publication:||The New American|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Jan 23, 2012|
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