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    Suspension of AR-15 pistol ban turns focus to Biden gun control pledge

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    Suspension of AR-15 pistol ban turns focus to Biden gun control pledge

    By Paul Bedard
    October 14, 2020 - 6:51 PM









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    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has temporarily backed off criminalizing a type of gun used by 3-4 million people in the United States until after the presidential election, likely stoking the issue of gun control.

    The New Hampshire maker of a popular styled AR-15 “pistol” today said that the ATF suspended its surprise decision made last week to outlaw the gun, called the “Honey Badger” pistol.

    Q, LLC told customers, “Our attorneys received a letter from ATF Chief Counsel Joel Roessner ‘temporarily suspending the Cease and Desist letter’ associated with the Honey Badger Pistol by Q. The letter states that the suspension, will remain in effect for a period of sixty (60) days ... unless withdrawn or extended by ATF.’ The stated purpose of the suspension is to allow the Department of Justice an opportunity, ‘to further review the applicability of the National Firearms Act to the manufacture and transfer of the model Honey Badger Pistol firearm.’”
    🚨 ACTION NEEDED 🚨
    Urge Trump to rein in his wayward ATF, which recklessly reclassified the Honey Badger Pistol as an SBR. Tell the President to publicly denounce the ATF’s new regulations reclassifying the Honey Badger pistol as an SBR.
    🔽SPEAK UP 🔽 https://t.co/zBcoDuGgBp

    — Gun Owners of America (@GunOwners) October 7, 2020

    It said the move will delay, though not reverse, the earlier cease and desist until after the election, a tactic the company decried.

    “We believe this 60-day suspension is an effort to put manufacturers, distributors, and consumers at ease, and to postpone the issue past the presidential election in hopes that a new administration will take a different view,” said the company, adding, “using licensees as political pawns is unbecoming of a regulatory agency and ignoring the underlying evaluation in this letter is simply irresponsible. Q will not succumb to this level or irresponsibility. Therefore, without further clarification from ATF on their evaluation, we will not continue manufacturing the Honey Badger Pistol.”

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    The ATF suspension came after several gun groups, notably the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America, activated members to complain to the White House and ATF. Gun owners said they fear the move against the Honey Badger was the first to ban the AR pistol eventually.
    Q, LLC: "Last Friday, October 9, 2020, our attorneys received a letter from ATF Chief Counsel Joel Roessner 'temporarily suspending the Cease and Desist letter' associated with the Honey Badger Pistol by Q." https://t.co/O35wx140T7pic.twitter.com/tT42jBoKJl

    — Rob (@2Aupdates) October 14, 2020

    At issue is the legal design of the AR pistols, made by most major AR makers. AR pistols carry short barrels and a special brace. The brace, while similar to a rifle stock, allows the weapons to be easily sold and not governed by the National Firearms Act, which requires a special tax on short barreled rifles.

    Q, LLC makes both a pistol and short barreled rifle version of the Honey Badger.

    Trump officials had been concerned that it would look like the president’s team was targeting the weapon in a move that could turn the 3-4 million owners into felons unless they dismantled or changed their weapons.

    However, it is expected that if Joe Biden wins election, the ATF will move forward, likely targeting all of the makers of AR pistols, and even ban the AR-15, dubbed by liberals as an assault weapon.

    Below is the full Q, LLC email:

    Dear Customer:

    Last Friday, October 9, 2020, our attorneys received a letter from ATF Chief Counsel Joel Roessner “temporarily suspending the Cease and Desist letter” associated with the Honey Badger Pistol by Q®. The letter states that the suspension, “will remain in effect for a period of sixty (60) days ... unless withdrawn or extended by ATF.” The stated purpose of the suspension is to allow the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) an opportunity, “to further review the applicability of the National Firearms Act to the manufacture and transfer of the model ‘Honey Badger Pistol’ firearm.”

    Our attorneys quickly followed up to inquire if the underlying Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division evaluation was also suspended but have not received a response. Regardless, until we are told otherwise by the U.S. government of a permanent decision, we must assume that the suspension of the Cease and Desist letter does not impact the ATF’s position that the Honey Badger Pistol is a National Firearms Act (“NFA”) weapon, as the ATF could arbitrarily withdraw the suspension at any time.

    We believe this 60-day suspension is an effort to put manufacturers, distributors, and consumers at ease, and to postpone the issue past the presidential election in hopes that a new administration will take a different view. Using licensees as political pawns is unbecoming of a regulatory agency and ignoring the underlying evaluation in this letter is simply irresponsible. Q will not succumb to this level or irresponsibility. Therefore, without further clarification from ATF on their evaluation, we will not continue manufacturing the Honey Badger Pistol.

    Once again, we urge you to continue the pressure and contact the Department of Justice (ATF’s parent agency) by using this Take Action link provided by the National Rifle Association.

    Additionally, we encourage you to continue reaching out to the White House and ask President Trump to halt and rollback ATF’s efforts to issue arbitrary and capricious decisions affecting millions of legal gun owners.
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