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Years before the AR rifles were on the market, I learned how to gunsmith. I learned how to repair many different types of rifles, shotguns and handguns. One of the things I learned that is that in most cases, the various gun parts, by themselves, did not constitute a gun as they needed to be associated with other parts in order to operate.

However, it appears that is changing as it has just been learned that ATF officials have decided to classify the .50 caliber bolt action AR upper assembly as a firearm. If this is the case, I would like to see the ATF agent who held a .50 caliber bolt action AR upper assembly and fired it, without it being attacked to a stock or having a trigger mechanism.

(The Firearm Blog) – Thanks to a friend of mine for alerting me to an issue concerning Safety Harbor Firearms and other manufacturers of .50cal uppers received a letter from the ATF.  The letter claims that bolt action .50 cal AR uppers can possibly be considered firearms. I reached to Walter Keller of Safety Harbor Firearms and he agreed to share the letter with TFB.

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[read letter here]

So what does this letter say? Thanks to someone submitting a request to import .50 BMG uppers, the ATF took a closer look at them. Now the letter only mentions “.50 BMG upper assemblies” in the beginning.

Then they segue into bolt action rifles. If you think of a traditional bolt action rifle, the serialized portion of the gun is the barreled action. So now the ATF is saying a bolt action upper assembly should be classified as such regardless that it sits on a serialized AR lower…

The entire ATF letter, as shown on The Firearm Blog, should be a matter of concern for many gun enthusiasts. Classifying gun parts as firearms is a very dangerous slippery slope that no one wants to see the federal government begin to go down. Before you know it, every single gun part will be classified as a firearm and subject to all of the same rules, regulations and background checks as firearms are subject to.

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