Establishes new definition of firearm "Frame or Receiver"
ATF specifically requests comments on the feasibility of implementing the new definition of firearm “frame or receiver” in 27 CFR 478.11 and 27 CFR 479.11, and related definitions and amendments that ensure the proper marking, recordkeeping, and traceability of all firearms manufactured, imported, acquired and disposed by federal firearms licensees. ATF also requests comments on the costs or benefits of the proposed rule and on the appropriate methodology and data for calculating those costs and benefits.
ATTN: ATF 2021R-05
Andrew Lange, Office of Regulatory Affairs
Enforcement Programs and Services
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
99 New York Ave. NE
Mail Stop 6N-518
Washington DC 20226
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[Recipient City, State Zip]
I am writing to express my opposition to Proposed Rule 2021R-05. This policy will only make criminals out of hard working, law abiding citizens and do little to nothing in the way of preventing criminals or potential criminals from acquiring, accessing, or utilizing firearms in order to commit a crime.
There is no doubt that our county has seen its share of tragedy in the last two decades; Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newtown, Orlando, San Bernardino, Parkland, and closer to my home in Las Vegas. These are terrible events that have stirred up the emotions of the American people, and rightfully so – we have a problem in this country that needs addressed. Unfortunately, hasty emotional responses usually lack legitimate reasoning and sound logic. We have seen this in various States, including my home state of Nevada, where legislators have attempted to pass bills that number one, fail to address the real motive behind these tragic events, and two, make criminals out of individuals like me.
The fact is you can’t fight crime by creating criminals. Our second President, John Adams stated, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
The facts are these:
According to a 2010 CDC Report and a study by the Northwestern University School of Law for every one person killed by homicide, accident, or suicide using a firearm over 80 are saved, whether firing the weapon or simply brandishing it.
A recent study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy concluded that there is a negative correlation between gun ownership and violent crime in countries internationally.
With just one exception, every public mass shooting in the USA since 1950 has taken place where citizens are banned from carrying guns.
In other words, more firearms = less crime. People do not shoot other people because they have a gun – they shoot them because they have a problem. In June of 2020 NBC News reported that Americans are the unhappiest they have been in 50 years. We have to ask ourselves, what has changed? Contrary to what the mainstream media would like to admit, along with many Americans themselves, the answer is obvious. We as a nation no longer hold the family unit in high regard, accountability is a thing of the past, there is no common standard as a civilized society as each and every individual has been allowed (and usually encouraged) to operate within their own self-proclaimed reality. Our media perpetuates hate and division while social media and marketing campaigns continually remind Americans that they are not beautiful enough or enjoying the same quality of life as their neighbors. As a result, some Americans feel destitute, alone, worthless, paranoid, victimized, etc. and unfortunately, they decide to do harm to others. Sometimes they use a vehicle, sometimes a knife, sometimes a baseball bat and yes, sometimes a firearm. It is a tragedy, but it is a reality.
Policies like Proposed Rule 2021R-05 are simply another step towards the ultimate goal of universal firearm registration and confiscation. Frankly, the government has no business knowing what firearms I own, nor how I acquired them - whether purchased or manufactured at home. I have a natural right to defend myself and my family from those threats who are looking to do me harm – not only in my home but also in Public (including those areas designated as "no gun zones". If anyone thinks this policy will keep firearms or other weapons out of the hands of criminals, especially in light of our current federal administration’s flexibility on border security, then I would seriously question their grip on reality as well.
Please [Sir/Ma'am], I am asking as a concerned citizen of the State of Nevada and the United States as a whole, that you discard this invasive, irrelvant and un-American Proposed Rule and gather together intelligent and creative minds who can collaborate in order to identify and propose solutions that will address the real problems at hand. And last but not least, don’t turn 99.99% of law-abiding citizens who rely on their firearms for protection into criminals.