BATFE Gunsmith Rules

The BATFE is proposing changes to their rules for gunsmiths. Here’s what you need to know.

by Ben Baker

I have worked as a newspaper editor, journalist, and Second Amendment advocate for many years and have researched gun control in the United States beginning with the Revolutionary War through current times. I’ve detailed this in my book, iiThe Truth Behind Gun Control. Part of this research has included pouring over the Federal Register on guns. In addition to changes to how exports to Russia are treated, the Federal Register includes an article about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives changing rules for gunsmiths.

The Federal Register ( is the daily journal of the U.S. Government maintained by The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) to provide public access about the regulatory process and Government decision-making. The article we’re interested in here is “Definition of ‘Frame or Receiver’ and Identification of Firearms”. At the time of this writing, this is a Proposed Rule by the BATFE and it could change the way the feds look at gunsmiths.

The formal summary is the Department of Justice proposes amending BATFE regulations to provide new regulatory definitions of what constitutes a…

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