Now, if you are talking about the ATF changing policy to disallow sears to be transfered between hosts, then that is something probably within the purview of the ATF. However, I find it hard to believe the ATF would bother as it doesn't really net them anything (it's not like crimes are being committed with registered DIAS and HK sears) and it's been established policy for, what, going on 50 years, since the early HK shelf redesigns in the 60's? What would cause them to even discuss it now? It's not like the Trust membership thing that Obama started blathering about. I haven't heard one peep from an elected jerkoff, I mean politician, about HK sears or DIAS. I doubt they even know what they are.
So what would drive this change? The ATF are upset that DIAS and HK sears are selling for more than registered receivers? What do they care, they get their $200 whether they sell for $100k or $.50? It doesn't make much sense to me.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'd love for the registry to be opened back up. I'd be more than willing to take a complete bath on my M16 and HK sear, if I could get a full auto P90, AK47, PKM, RPD, etc for just a few grand a piece. That would be totally worth that trade to me (and I imagine a large number of other machinegun owners, other than the few collectors and high grade dealers like Rueben and Frank, who would take a bath as they see their guns as investements).
200 btw is the fee for decades now what makes you think that reflects reality. look i paid 200 tax when a mac 10 cost 100 so do the math the tax should now be 10,000 not 200. yea it matters to them believe me.
As to the ATF's possible motivation to restrict the movement of sears between HK guns, it could really be as simple as direction from their political masters, i.e. whoever the current administration is. I'm sure there aren't terribly many INDIVIDUALS in the ATF who want to remove rights, but let's be real, it's a political organization. For the most part they do what daddy tells them. I'm sure there weren't a lot of individual IRS agents wanting to target republican/conservative organizations either. But when your boss tells you to do something.... Sure, the politicians don't know anything about sears or transferable machine guns. Everyone reading this knows damn well lack of knowledge has ever stopped them. And they don't need to know. All they have to do is instruct the ATF to restrict firearms in any way they think they can get away with and inflict maximum pain for exercising 2A and let the experts come up with how. Hell, it's probably better for them that they don't know. Now if they get exposed they can hang high-level ATF employees out to dry and claim ignorance. Again, see the IRS thing. Or for a more direct example, the state-sponsored gun running to Mexican cartels.
I don't mean to say I personally think any of this is LIKELY, merely just counter the thought that the ATF would never do such a thing.
I'd really hate it. I have one sear and about 14 hosts. Trying to figure out which gun would get the sear permanently would be like trying to figure out which of your children you love the most. And then having to tell the rest of them to move out.
"Sometimes change sucks."- Anne Frank
Reloading: A low impact exercise with a high impact payoff.
Take your wife or GF to the range more. If you want her to get the bug, you've got to expose her to the disease.
Of course it would be an enforcement nightmare, but so are most of the gun laws already on the books. They can throw it out there on the honor system and then publicly crucify anyone they might just happen to catch accidentally.
I guess you can never put anything past the ATF.
However, it seems like a waste of time and effort on their end and there is no benefit to the ATF. There are what maybe 3000 Fleming/Qualified Sears, 1500 S&H, and maybe another 500 misc between HTA/Ceiner/Homebrew F1s/Etc.
Figure there are approx. 5000 HK Sears out there total that are owned by a couple thousand individual owners since many folks own two, three, or more sears and some percentage have been lost/destroyed when the widow threw out grandpas shoebox of misc gun parts.
It doesn't seem like its worth the regulatory effort and/or the potential lawsuit from some deep pocketed owner to get new regulation on the books that affects at most a couple thousand people who own a $30K piece of metal.
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