BATFE ruling on removal of Zenith full-auto bolt carrier blocks
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    Post BATFE ruling on removal of Zenith full-auto bolt carrier blocks

    Those interested can follow this link to our statement in response to BATFE’s recent ruling: https://zenithfirearms.com/blog/remo...arrier-blocks/
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    I'm assuming this means these firearms cannot be used as a host to a registered full auto trigger pack since a full auto bolt carrier can't be inserted.
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    Hmm, this implies anyone who removes the FA carrier block makes a machine gun. So, how does this work if you have a registered sear or trigger pack? Does the sear cover removing the block, or does removing the block mean you now have two machine guns (the registered sear and the unregistered receiver)?
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    I am curious how this effects those that had the conversion done previously? Do they have to somehow get the block reinstalled if they do not have a transferable MG in some form already?
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    Have you all looked at changing the rear block? IE would the atf allow the guns to be imported with a full auto carrier block similar to the one HK used in the sp5k? If the atf would be ok with that it would make the guns easier to make sear ready using a modified carrier.

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    Not a lawyer, but the posting on Zenith's site is pretty clear.

    The entire point of the full auto carrier block is to prevent you from having a full auto carrier in it. If you put a full auto carrier in it by any means, while it also has the forward push pin, then the ATF would consider it a machinegun. Their ruling says that they don't consider the smaller shelf with push pin to be sufficient enough to prevent someone from converting it to full auto. If they used a larger shelf without a pushpin hole, the ATF might not require the secondary feature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speeddemon02 View Post
    I am curious how this effects those that had the conversion done previously? Do they have to somehow get the block reinstalled if they do not have a transferable MG in some form already?
    ATF clearly states once a MG always a MG, those that took it upon themselves to modify have made a MG......Im not a Lawyer either but the NFA Handbook is available for free
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    I'm no lawyer, however, this is still an ATF opinion. And while it is generally unwise (if not always) to go against their various and ever changing opinions, their opinions are not law. Laws are subject to interpretation, especially if the condition of the firearm in question is not clearly addressed in the writing of the law.

    It is the opinion of the ATF that without the auto carrier blocker, the fire control group block alone is not sufficient, so in their opinion it would be an MG. however, as it is, it wouldn't allow an unmodified auto fire control group to be installed, so it's not an MG receiver in the literal sense.
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    Under their current opinion that is the feeling I got in the way I read it and feel for those that had this done in good faith and what a pain it would be to have to pay/time spent to undo all that work or worse case surrender it.
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    Just as well. This saves me from shopping for auto trigger packs for the Zeniths.

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