The Future of Homemade Firearms: The Legal and Political Implications of ATF Final Rule 2021R-05F

Americans have been privately manufacturing and assembling firearms since before this country’s founding.  Now, thanks to the prevalence of commercially available firearm parts, “buy, build, shoot” kits, and 3D printers, it is easier than ever to build a gun in the comfort of one’s own home, which bypasses many of the statutory and regulatory regimes that govern buying a fully built firearm from a gun store.  

To some, this represents a loophole in America’s gun laws.  Others see this as a modern innovation in the tradition of home gun building that has always existed in America.  

The Biden Administration shares the former view.  On April 11, 2022, Attorney General Merrick Garland signed ATF Final Rule 2021R-05F.  Among other measures, this rule changes the ATF’s definition of “firearm frame or receiver” found in the Gun Control Act of 1968, greatly expanding the list of what is considered a firearm by the agency, and therefore what can be strictly regulated under existing federal law.  Furthermore, both houses of Congress currently have bills before them designed to increase the regulation of homemade firearms, and to ban certain types of these so-called “ghost guns”. 

In this timely webinar, our experts will cover the ATF’s Final Rule, set to go into effect on August 24, 2022, and will discuss the legal and political implications surrounding homemade firearms and the regulation thereof.

 

Featuring:

Joseph Greenlee, Director of Constitutional Studies, Firearms Policy Coalition

Dru Stevenson, Wayne Fisher Research Professor, Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law Houston 

Moderator: Ryan Lacey, Assistant Director, Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

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