A new report from the gun blog website AmmoLand Shooting Sports News claims that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents have shown up at the homes of “multiple people” to confiscate previously legal forced reset triggers for AR-15 style rifles that were recently classified as “machine guns.”
According to the report, it is unknown how the ATF acquired the customers’ information – though the owners in question acquired their triggers via Gun Broker or the Rare Breed Triggers website.
“It is possible the ATF received the customers’ information from credit card processors or shipping companies,” AmmoLand said, adding the federal agency had received customer information from Authorize.net and Stamps.com to track people who’ve bought 80% lowers from gun parts kits manufacturer Polymer80.
A person named “Paul Britton Finch” is allegedly one of those gun owners who got a knock on the door from ATF agents.
“Just a heads up, I got a visit today from the AFT for a trigger I bought from gunbroker and one from Rare Breed directly…hide your dogs, ladies and gentlemen. They’re comin’ a knocking,” Finch said in a post in what appears to be a gun forum.
He continued: “I don’t want to say much more on here because they [ATF] do infact watch this group and who posts what information. so take what you will of it. They’re out there with all the information you used to buy them with and enough to prosecute you if they want to push it. Yeah it sucks, but that’s the reality of it right now.”
Finch provided pictures of the special agent’s identification card who visited his home that served him with a “warning notice: you may be in violation of federal law.” The notice was dated Aug. 16.
We have thoroughly covered the ATF’s battle against Rare Breed Triggers. The gun parts company once legally sold a drop-in trigger for an AR-15-style rifle that forces the trigger to reset at such a high speed that it increases the weapon’s fire rate.
- ATF Now Labels FRT-15 A Machine Gun, Turning Law Abiding Citizens Into Criminals
- Rare Breed Triggers Fires Back At ATF, Says “Will Not Comply”
- Rare Breed Triggers Responds To Alleged Leaked ATF Memo To Seize FRT-15s From Dealers
- ATF Declares Some FRT-15 Triggers “Prohibited Machineguns”
- Rare Breed Triggers Cancels Customers’ Orders After “ATF Raided Vendor”
Meanwhile, people are learning to 3D print these triggers, posing an even larger challenge for the ATF.
Under the Biden administration, the ATF has waged war against gun companies, parts manufacturers, and law-abiding citizens.
Last month, a Delaware man was stunned when special agents rang his doorbell and asked if they could do an inventory audit of his legally-obtained firearms.