Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik joined 141 of her colleagues in sending a letter to Mr. Marvin Richardson, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), in response to the ATF’s attempt to restrict the ability of law-abiding Americans to use silencers on firearms.
“We have heard from concerned constituents that the ATF is attempting to restrict the ability of law-abiding Americans to make their own silencers. This ATF attempt to expand the definition of a silencer—like the ATF’s other regulatory actions—is contrary to years of ATF precedent and beyond the scope of the agency’s authority under federal law. We demand that you immediately stop this effort to curtail fundamental Second Amendment rights,” the lawmakers wrote.
In the letter, the lawmakers said that they learned that the ATF has been denying Form 1 applications to legally create a silencer, because these law-abiding citizens had not received prior approval to own the materials, which the ATF now claims meets the legal definition of a silencer. The ATF has overstepped its authority by changing the definition of what constitutes a silencer without Congressional authorization.
Read the full letter here.