New Federal Rules Affecting Gunsmiths

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New Federal Rules Affecting Gunsmiths
Montana Shooting Sports Association
Montana Shooting Sports Association

Missoula, MT -( You may have heard some scuttlebutt about new federal rules that threaten to put most gunsmiths out of business. There is real fire here, not just smoke.

MSSA is waiting for some of the dust to settle from this recent federal announcement that broadly redefines “manufacturing” of firearms for expensive licensing and control by the US State Department under the DDTC. Once there is more clarity about what this new federal move means and what remedial action is needed, I’ll let you know. Basically it’s looking like a choice between seeking congressional action and filing a federal lawsuit.

Meanwhile, I’ve posted about this issue before. See what I posted about this in 2009 at:

Read this article carefully for a more thorough understanding of the problem. This looming problem got much worse about ten days ago with the release of new federal rules that include any machining of or improving of a firearm as an included, licensed and regulated activity by the US State Department (yes, really).

See the recent NRA release about this at:

It’s important to our RKBA that you understand this and how the federal government occupies even more monopolistic control over the supply of new firearms in the US, so please follow these two links above and read up on this federal move. Once the dust settles a bit, I’ll get back to you about what look like the most promising remedies.

Some of the measures MSSA has gotten enacted in Montana, or has tried to get enacted, would have the potential to interdict or buffer this federal overreach, including the Montana Firearms Freedom Act (which the US Supreme Court declined to consider in MSSA’s validating lawsuit), our Sheriffs First bill, and our bill to prohibit state and local public employees in Montana from enforcing or helping to enforce new federal gun control laws.

That’s why MSSA needs your membership and continued support to erect a barrier of state law to protect us from the runaway federal monster, such as with this recent federal move that could eliminate most gunsmiths.

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Kenneth Sawyer



Stuff like this brings ‘States Rights’ to the forefront.

Mike Mcallister

Liberals will try any and all ways to get guns out of the hands of the legal US citizen. They are afraid of gun owners because they will not be sheep and let by the nose to whatever the liberals want to push this week. Too damn bad. If you don’t like guns don’t own one, but don’t try to stop the law abiding citizen to give up their guns to make you feel better. Go to your safe zone and suck your thumb for a while, see if that helps!

Jim Macklin

State Department means international trade and ratified treaties. POTUS Executive Orders can probably be safely ignored if you post a sign behind your counter and maybe on your business cards… NO INTERNATIONAL TRADE or SHIPMENTS.

Dr Dave

According to the article that won’t work. “The AECA/ITAR require anybody who engages in the business of “manufacturing” a defense article to register with DDTC and pay a registration fee that for new applicants is currently $2,250 per year. These requirements apply, even if the business does not, and does not intend to, export any defense article. Moreover, under ITAR, “only one occasion of manufacturing … a defense article” is necessary for a commercial entity to be considered “engaged in the business” and therefore subject to the regime’s requirements.” So even one attempt to even modify a spring in an… Read more »