Biden Administration Finalizes “New” Firearm Storage Rule

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Washington’s Supreme Court heard the NRA-ILA’s case challenging new gun storage laws. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -( On January 3, the Biden Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it would be finalizing a new rule on firearm storage for Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs). The DOJ additionally announced an update to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATFs) “Best Practices” Guide for FFLs.

The new storage rule, which was first proposed by the Obama Administration in 2016, makes four substantial changes to federal firearms law.

First, the rule updates the regulatory definitions of “rifle,” “shotgun,” and “antique firearm” to match statutory changes that took effect in 1998.

Second, the rule defines “secure gun storage or safety device,” which generally tracks the existing statutory definition, but also includes a requirement that the secure gun storage or safety device be compatible with the firearms offered for sale by the licensee.

Third, the rule adopts ATF’s existing practice of requiring firearm dealers to certify that secure gun storage or safety devices are available at any location where firearms are sold to non-licensees.

Fourth, the rule extends the certification requirement to manufacturers and importers when they sell firearms to non-licensees.

The rule will take effect on February 3, 2022. FFLs that engage in transactions with non-licensees should ensure that they have suitable locks or safes available for any firearms that they sell.

While the storage rule may not seem like a substantial change to federal firearms law, the Biden Administration has already proposed two other rules that would make drastic changes to federal law. As NRA-ILA has covered before, the administration has proposed a new rule to effectively ban pistol stabilizing braces and another rule that drastically alters key definitions in federal law.

The regulations pages for these proposed rules now indicate that the “frame or receiver” rule will be finalized in June while the stabilizing brace rule will be finalized in August. These dates may not reflect when the rules are actually finalized, so please check back regularly to for updates on these terrible rules.

About NRA-ILA:

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Glypto Dropem

It may be time to consider dumping my C&R. I received it in 2013 and haven’t had the occasion to use it yet. I’ll just wait and see since it renews this year,


When will these alphabet agencies be charged with violations of our civil rights?


you mean like apply title 18 how it was meant to be applied????? no you cant mean that jail all those nice leos nypd moves to rikers island

Wild Bill

The ATF could be disbanded with a single memo because it was created by a memo. No Congressional action needed. That would be a warning to the other agencies.
The next step would be to fire all GS14s and 15s because 14s and 15s are only entitled to two weeks notice and serve at the pleasure of the President.
Step three fire all Senior Executive Service employees because they, also, serve at the pleasure of the president, and only get two weeks notice.

Last edited 4 months ago by Wild Bill

And yet we understand that federal laws can only be made legal by Congress. I have every confidence that the drafters/signatories of the 2nd amendment were well aware of that at the time. Why are the members of Congress not offended when a federal law that they had nothing to do with, goes into effect? Could I just be an ignorant dog barking up the wrong tree?


So they just updated the regulatory definition of “rifle” to match the statute, and now in their pending rules they are gonna try to redefine “rifle” contrary to statute, to make AR pistols regulated under the NfA? Good luck with that nonsense. They have no authority. Their very existence is repugnant to the Constitution and their purpose is to violate the 2nd.

Last edited 4 months ago by Arizona

they will add sticks that look like guns too


and pop tarts

Country Boy

at some point ATF will ban carpet vacuums with a pistol grip………..