BATFE Wants To Ban Importation Of “Military” Style Shotguns

Will ATF Ban tactical shotguns?A report just released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), “Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns,” has proposed that, “military shotguns, or shotguns with common military features that are unsuitable for traditional shotgun sports” be prohibited from importation.

This ban would apply to all shotguns—not just semi-automatics.  As a press release by the National Rifle Association (NRA) noted, “as in previous ‘working group’ studies on rifles, the study fails to give proper credit to the widespread use of these guns in newer shooting sports, or to their adaptability to hunting.”

Under current federal firearms law concerning imports, the Attorney General has to first approve the importation of any firearm “generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.”  The problem with that?  As the NRA explained, “This ‘sporting purposes’ test was imposed by the Gun Control Act in 1968, a time when the right to self-defense with a firearm was not as widely respected by the courts as it is today.”

This section of the Gun Control Act, the NRA argued, needed to be changed.  “Clearly, the main reason to change the law is that the Second Amendment—as the Supreme Court said in District of Columbia v. Heller — protects our right to keep and bear arms for defense, not for sports.  In its 2008 Heller decision, the court observed that ‘the inherent right of self-defense has been central to the Second Amendment right’ and ruled that the Second Amendment protects ‘the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation,’ particularly within the home, where ‘the need for defense of self, family, and property is most acute.’”

Click here to read the 34-page study

“NRA members and other concerned gun owners can submit comments on the study until May 1, 2011.  Comments may be submitted by e-mail to shotgunstudy@atf.gov or by fax to (202)648-9601. Faxed comments may not exceed five pages. All comments must include name and mailing address.”

SOURCE:  NRA 1/28/11:


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3 thoughts on “BATFE Wants To Ban Importation Of “Military” Style Shotguns

  1. vericocha

    Only 1 little, tiny problem:

    The ATF are a bunch of THUGS! …on a Federal Payroll maybe, but still THUGS NONETHELESS!! RUN x OBAMA, ultimately.

    Voice a real, constitutionally-based OBJECTION to their JACK-BOOTED ANTI-AMERICAN THUGGERY and “coincidentally” wake up to a 5:30AM SWAT CALL one morning… Charge: Drug Trafficker, or gun violator, or gum-chewer or … ur choice, pick one. they got a DOZEN of ‘em!!!

    BAM! LIFE RUINED!!

    NO, the ATF MUST SIMPLY BE DEFUNDED & ELIMINATED BY CONGRESS. SUPPORT UR CONRGRESSMANs EFFORTS TO DO JUST THAT!! They r NOT something the average citizen can, or will contend with otherwise. HELL, THEY EVEN INTIMIDATE THE SENATORS!!

  2. mscottp75

    I would like to ask why in none of the “studies” that the ATF went to such lengths to complete, nor in any of the stated “research” are any statistics stating the number of violent crimes that were committed with these “non-sporting” shotguns. It would also be important to know if the shotgun used was obtained legally or illegally, the latter of course defeating this attempt at regulation.

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