Leaked Email Shows Further ATF Crack Downs On Force Reset Triggers ~ VIDEO

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MARTINSBURG, WV-(Ammoland.com)- According to a leaked email obtained by Gun Owners of America (GOA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is about to crack down on forced reset triggers such as the Rare Breed FRT-15 and the Wide Open Trigger.

The ATF has given its field agents the green light to seize all force reset triggers from manufacturers, distributors, and dealers. The ATF will request that the businesses voluntarily turn over the force reset triggers to field agents. If the stores do turn over the triggers, then the ATF will then provide the company with a “Consent to Forfeiture of Property and Waiver of Notice (ATF F. 3400.1).” That document says that the company is choosing to turn the stock over to the ATF and releases all rights to the property. The businesses cannot sue for the return of the items.

If the business refuses to turn the triggers to the Bureau, the ATF agents are instructed to seize the items from the companies for forfeiture. This choice gives the company more legal standing to sue over the confiscation, but the ATF can threaten to file criminal charges against the company owner for violating the NFA. Each business owner should consult an attorney before choosing an action to take.

The email reads: “As discussed, please be prepared to take possession of any documents and FRT’s the manufacturer/distributor/retailer offers to surrender. The manufacturer/distributor/retailer may choose to abandon the items, in which case ask them to complete a Consent to Forfeiture of Property and Waiver of Notice (ATF F. 3400.1). If the manufacturer/seller refuses to abandon the items, please take custody of the items, and seize them for forfeiture so that they can be properly noticed.”

We Told You So

This email comes on the heels of a law enforcement notice obtained by AmmoLand News, where the ATF told law enforcement agencies across the country that force reset triggers are machine guns. The notice mentioned the Rare Breed FRT-15 and the Wide Open Trigger by name and pictures. A sister company of Big Daddy Unlimited (BDU) produced the Wide Open Trigger, and BDU sold it.

Rare Breed Triggers recently won a preliminary injunction against BDU for patent infringement. The day after the victory was announced, the ATF showed up at BDU’s offices and seized all of the company’s stock of Wide Open Triggers. This action showed the ATF would crackdown on force reset triggers. The ATF did not go to the Rare Breed offices.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The new email also refers to anyone in possession of the triggers as “defendants.” The use of the term in the email is problematic to those in the gun community because it shows that the ATF is treating the possession of the triggers as a criminal offense rather than a regulatory violation. It is highly unlikely that anyone will be charged for violating the Hughes Amendment of the National Firearms Act (NFA) at this time, but that might change in the future.

So far, the letter is only dealing with manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. The ATF is expected to take the next step and target individual gun owners next.

AmmoLand News reached out to Rare Breed for comment, but the company is not ready to issue a public statement at the time of this writing.

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John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, or at www.crumpy.com.

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Well I Guess they made my decision to purchase clearer for me. They don’t want you to have it, get two or more. lol


It’s time the ATF was shut down.


The Biden administration and the Feds have created a narrative of a problem with White Supremacy and White Domestic Terrorism in the USA that does not exist. If it did, you would see headline news reports blowing up your TV and social media. No one was killed or seriously injured by protestors on Jan 6. Anyone who died was either an unarmed female military vet shot and killed by a scared Capitol security guard or Capitol employees who died as a result of heart attack. Now one woman reported trampled to death by Capitol security. SO, the push here is… Read more »


Concise and on point . Well done


You can thank the iT’s JuSt A bUmPsToCk fudds for this.


actually, all four of them are PUPPETS of the real three that run the show.


And so if you have a SEMI AUTOMATIC trigger that allows you to pull the trigger that much faster, it is now a machine gun. OK, and the moon is green cheese. The AFT also wants to say that if a rifle is “readily convertible” into full auto it is a machine gun. Well how many shops can convert an AR15 into a full auto in an hour with the right parts available? I guess our AR15’s will be next on their hit list! How do we stop this PEACEFULLY? We won’t be able to. Many agents will be meeting… Read more »


Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. Persons acting… Read more »


The problem is getting the feds to charge a fed under that statute. All the animals are equal. It’s just that some are more equal then others. If rare breed were closer I’d buy 100 of them in person for cash and outfit the soon to be citizen militas that will be forming with them…oh wait, maybe if the citizen militas start forming we can just spend that hour in a machine shop. Or better yet, invite the AFT out for a picnic and take their weapons.


Per the 5th circuit, the NFA as applied to machine guns is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. US V Rock Island Armory. “In sum, since enactment of 18 U.S.C. § 922(o), the Secretary has refused to accept any tax payments to make or transfer a machinegun made after May 19, 1986, to approve any such making or transfer, or to register any such machinegun. As applied to machineguns made and possessed after May 19, 1986, the registration and other requirements of the National Firearms Act, Chapter 53 of the Internal Revenue Code, no longer serve any revenue purpose, and are impliedly repealed or are… Read more »

Deplorable Bill

A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state, the RIGHT of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The 2A, THE law of the land. The 2A gives every free American citizen the right to keep and bare arms, firearm, implements etc. any weapon a militia would use. The 2A also states the government’s only LEGAL response regarding such weaponry and the right to carry, possess such weaponry; Shall not be infringed. The 2A was written into law in defense and belief of the SCRIPTURE it is based on, that this nation is founded… Read more »


“Today, the atfe raided a Amish dairy operator for his collection of guns and his selling of some as a private citizen.”

It’s unfortunate Christopher Leppler didn’t serve and protect him.

Deplorable Bill

Yup, that’s it.

Arm up and carry on


FOP endorsement – that’s always a good sign [chuckle]:


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“criminal act done by our own government” When in your lifetime has it been “our” own government?

Ansel Hazen

I suspect this is the letter being referenced. Other parts of the interweb are calling BS due to the typo’s and date mixup.


Gee Jenn…where did you say you live? China? Russia? Oh wait…the good ol’ free DISunited states! Give me your actual address so we can drop by and discuss this letter.


So they will pull out their guns and aim them at citizens and demand the items, huh? That is robbery, even if they keep their weapons holstered. The triggers are not machine guns, and even if they were, the 2nd amendment prohibits the gov or anyone else from restricting citizens’ choice and possession of bearable arms. Who cares what “gun laws” congress passes, since the gov doesn’t even follow its own laws on immigration, border enforcement, congressional funding bills, insider trading, etc, etc, ad nauseum.


“they will pull guns & aim them at citizens & demand the items?”

Yes & local “LEOs” will help them

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Local ones may lead the charge!


people will have to arm up surround disarm and arrest atf agents


What do I think GOA should do to fight this? Do what legally needs to be done with all the force you can, in other words, ask NRA, OFF and every gun club to join in and fight this rather than try and do it all on your own. There is strength in numbers and that is what they need to see. Multiple gun clubs gathered together as one to fight this and when court is in session, a million people outside their doors protesting the change that turns innocent people into felons overnight and the re-writing of what makes… Read more »


“Our ATF partners.” -NSSF

Loyal citizens can’t compete with ChiComs & treasonous special interests in the sense that we don’t have the money to buy the enemy off, especially with our own “leaders” (NRA, NSSF) collaborating with them (& local “LEOs”). We need to bounce the enemy in elections.

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“The Franklin Forgery”


F that. We are not enriching them to buy our freedom. They will have to use force to enslave us and take our freedom.


I respect how you feel and what I suggest isn’t right but!!! I am into playing the game now. I would rather pay them millions and have all this BS go away forever. Then we no longer have the republicans holding it over our head and the demonrats have nothing to fight for except their abortion, LGBTQHIV and against the racist why peepo which they will probably claim forever. They can call me anything they want, I don’t give a shit, all I care about and what is more important than anything is my right to defend myself and that… Read more »


Unfortunately it’s only a dream. They might do what you ask, as long as no one is offering more to do otherwise – and as long as you can continue paying them. They are insatiable and all the money all of us could possibly raise would barely move the needle – and then only briefly.

Need to keep pushing – but never believe you can buy politicians and keep them bought.


need 1 sherif that will stand and deputize people and arrest and try them under the laws that defend constitution with pro2a jury


Boy, isn’t that the truth. Blackmailers.


we need to come together and arrest atf agents and any others violating constitution it will get ugly but title 18 is to protect rights 242 is illegal actions under color of law.

Wild Bill

Isn’t today the day that the ATF was going to seize totally legal property or was that just an unsupported rumor?


They already do. Or with the threat of force. Otherwise, don’t pay “income” taxes on unlawful fed notes that you get “paid” with. Don’t pay “property taxes” on your “owned” home. Don’t pay personal “property taxes” on your so called personal property. Somewhere along the way an ENFORCER with a GUN is going to show up and demand you submit to your slavery OR ELSE. You ARE enslaved, as am I. Just to what degree is the question. Read this and show me where I’m wrong…yes, I wrote it back in 2004. https://www.educate-yourself.org/cn/communistmanifestortenplanks12sep06.shtml


These cases will be “prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.” Translation: your… Read more »


there are sooo few good cops it is past bad news


Local enforcers are not exactly shy about their support of the BATFE. Many of the BATFE press releases state the local agencies they worked with to enforce never-ending gun control.

The BATFE can’t do much at all without local enforcer cooperation. They formalized the arrangement under the PSN program.

Too many firearm owners, who say they are pro 2nd Amendment, support local enforcers when they do things to undermine firearm rights. It’s odd.

It wasn’t long ago that someone here referred to Chicago enforcers as “heroes.”


I remember when that happened – the ARF-cops said Hanning acted appropriately and that “civilians” should do whatever any enforcer says, immediately, or they deserve to be tazed, beaten, shot, whatever (even if there is absolutely no danger to the enforcer). The Colorado enforcers who set the standard for sadistic abuse of an elderly person occurred in Loveland. Every cop involved was a criminal and others in the department helped them attempt to cover-up the crime by hiding evidence and other actions (including bullying an eye witness). Karen Garner, a 73-year-old woman with dementia, suffered a dislocated shoulder, fractured arm,… Read more »

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That’s why it is so important for Constitution-abiding Americans to make sure enforcers know support for them is conditional.

If they understand that up front, they are less likely to cause problems.