The 52-page rule 2021R-08, signed by the Attorney General in June 2021, set to go into effect last August, may come to the land this month if approved. Some say it is a done deal; others seem to think it is all but forgotten. From the many federal law enforcement friends contacting me about this happening and what they can do, I think it may be right around the bend. What does this mean for the almost 40 million people who could become felons overnight? Be prepared. That is why they are calling me, a 20 plus year lawyer and 07/02 FFL firearms manufacturer and dealer, who has been doing NFA trusts for years and teaches about the laws to many other lawyers across the state.
Gun Owners know that the legislation surrounding firearms is rarely ever consistent. The laws and regulations involving firearms changes reguarly. As a consequence, the line between lawful and unlawful carry has fallen into the grey area. In September of this year, several bills went into effect.
Most know me as an Assistant District Attorney for 17 years prior to retiring June 2018. Ronnie. As most prosecutors do, I attended the Annual Criminal and Civil Law Update presented by the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association(TDCAA) each year to meet the minimum required Continuing Legal Education (CLE) needed for an attorney to retain their Bar License, which is 12 hours CLE and 3 hours ethics.
Each year some 300 state agencies and federal law enforcement agencies take to the streets looking for individuals with outstanding Class C warrants. Some municipalities, like the City of Conroe this year, provide an amnesty program in February to pay reduced fees to close the cases…This year the amnesty program ends February 28th.
On January 19, 2019, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), John Cornyn (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY), James Risch (R-ID), and Mike Crapo (R-ID) reintroduced the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act.
As of February 1, 2019, the ATF has issued a statement on their Webpage informing those who have the NFA affliction there has been an address change to where forms are to be mailed. The new forms, such as Form 1 or Form 4, etc have been updated if you download the new forms here https://www.atf.gov/resource-center/forms-library
On January 16, 2019, Texas DPS said they are ramping up the enforcement of the the Move Over/Slow Down statutes across the great state of Texas. According to DPS records, DPS issued more than 41,000 warnings and citations to motorists who were alleged to have violated the law in 2018.
The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) controls importation and exportation of firearms related items and they do it through the registration of ITAR, International Traffic in Arms Regulations, which requires registration and payment of fees dependent on what an individual or business does when dealing with manufacturing firearms.
I am writing this in response to the multitude of questions I have received regarding what just happened to the NFA world with President Obama’s most recent Executive Orders. Trustees want to know how the new rules affect their trust and if their trust is still a viable entity and why they should still use one.
Why would you miss out on the fun almost 1.5 million people got in on last year? Shoot some fun things...shoot without ear plugs, talk among friends while enjoying one of America's first past times...firearms. The NFA game is one for those who are patient, and can legally own firearms as the BATFE thoroughly vet applicants.