The ATF recently sent a cease and desist letter to Q, LLC in regards to their Honey Badger pistol.
For starters, the Honey Badger is an AR-15 pistol equipped with a pistol brace and is produced by SB Tactical. According to John Crump of AmmoLand, the ATF classified the Honey Badger as a short-barreled rifle (SBR). SBRs are subject to the National Firearms Act, which comes with a $200 tax stamp and additional paperwork.
This arbitrary change by the ATF has had a number of people in the Second Amendment community worried. Many fear that this could be a replay of the bump stock ban, where the ATF went about its usual regulatory arbitrariness and classified bump stocks as machine guns, thus leading to their prohibition.
Crump noted some differences between this case and the previous bump stock drama:
Since the ATF could not use their industry side to go after Q because of DOJ limitations, the agency decided to use its criminal arm to send a Cease & Desist Letter and accuse the company of selling unregistered SBRs. Sources inside the ATF tell AmmoLand that the investigation and subsequent letter was a result of how Q marketed the Honey Badger. After trying to resolve the issue with ATF, Q went public with a letter to their customers advising them of the ongoing situation and the legal jeopardy.
A glance at ATF leadership shows that this agency is more than willing to work against President Donald Trump’s pro-Second Amendment message and undermine the administration in the shadows. That’s how practically all bureaucracies work in the era of modern-day public administration. Unelected mandarins call the shots with a total disregard of the will of the people.
Crump laid out why Lombardo is no friend of gun owners:
AmmoLand New’s sources inside the agency say she is not loyal to the president. Several independent sources have stated that Lombardo has a narrower definition of the Second Amendment than President Trump & the rest of America.
Sources also tell AmmoLand News that Associate Deputy Director Marvin Richardson, another career bureaucrat, has an ax-to-grind against pistol braces and believes they violate the NFA but doesn’t think that they have the political capital to make a move against the millions of accessories under a Trump presidency. Those inside ATF with knowledge of the situation told AmmoLand News that higher-ups at the ATF believe that they will have the political capital and cover to go after braces under an anti-gun Biden administration.
Many in the ATF are hoping for a Joe Biden victory, which will likely provide an environment where the agency can receive more funding and have more power to harass lawful gun owners.
Second Amendment activists should start getting serious about promoting causes that will defund and ultimately abolish the ATF. It is a powerful source of bureaucratic evil and phasing it out will do gun owners a whole lot of good.
Texas Governor Abbott Wants Texas to Be a “Second Amendment Sanctuary”
The Texas GOP needs to get its act together and start passing pro-2A legislation
Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he wants to turn Texas into a Second Amendment sanctuary state.
Patrick Sviteck of the Texas Tribune reported on Twitter, “Abbott tells TPPF he wants to make TX a “2A sanctuary state” this session “so that no gov’t official at any level can come & take your gun away from you despite those ppl who say, ‘Heck yes, we’re gonna take your gun.’ We’re gonna say, ‘Heck no, you cannot take ppl’s guns'” in TX.”
Abbott’s quip about taking people’s guns was in response to Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke remarks during the 2019 Democrat presidential debates where he explicitly called for gun confiscation.
Abbott tells TPPF he wants to make TX a "2A sanctuary state" this session "so that no gov't official at any level can come & take your gun away from you despite those ppl who say, 'Heck yes, we're gonna take your gun.' We're gonna say, 'Heck no, you cannot take ppl's guns'" in TX
— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) January 14, 2021
Abbott’s comment came after a number of Texas counties began to declare themselves as “Second Amendment sanctuaries” throughout 2020. Daniel Friend of The Texan reported that “By early 2020, commissioners in over 60 counties — often with the support of the county sheriff — had passed some sort of Second Amendment sanctuary resolution.”
Two elected officials have filed different versions of the Texas Firearm Protection Act, which Greg Abbott pushed back in 2013 when he was Attorney General. The TFPA is a piece of legislation that would ban law enforcement from enforcing federal gun control schemes “that purports to regulate a firearm, a firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition if the statute, order, rule, or regulation imposes a prohibition, restriction, or other regulation, such as a capacity or size limitation, a registration requirement, or a background check, that does not exist under the laws of this state.”
At a Texas Public Policy Foundation event, Abbott emphasized his pro-Tenth Amendment credentials by stating that “I still hold a record that will never be broken by anybody.I hold the record for the most lawsuits filed against Barack Obama — 31 legal actions against him.”
The Texas Governor added, “We had to because the actions he was taking trampled upon Texas’ liberties based upon the Tenth Amendment. We need to go back to the fundamentals of the Tenth Amendment and reassert that against any potential encroachments that we see under the Biden administration.”
The sanctuary movement is arguably one of the brightest spots for the right heading into the Biden era. Despite Democrat control at the federal level, there will be more paths for reform available at the state and local level. This should make Second Amendment operatives realize that not all politics is federal. Plus, gaining in power in D.C. necessitates having strong local political machines. Fighting Second Amendment battles at the state and local level is a good way to build a power base.
As cliche as it may sound, all politics is still local.
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