41P and the ASA
41P and the ASA
December 13, 2015
When the ATF initially proposed their 41P rule change in 2013, we took it very seriously and worked hard to help NFA users submit as many comments as possible. We also invested significant resources in writing a comment of our own. Since that time, we've been working closely with the American Suppressor Association to ensure 41P doesn't go into effect; and, that it will have a minimal impact on this industry if it does.
What is 41P?If 41P goes into effect as originally written (which is unlikely), it would require all members of a trust or corporation to get a CLEO signature and fingerprint cards with each NFA purchase. It's easy to see how this would place a significant burden on new suppressor owners - and why the industry & gun owners are against it. (You can read more details about 41P on this page.) Keep in mind that it's unlikely that 41P will go into effect as originally written. There are lots of things that could be changed & watered down - and the ATF has said it could take months to implement if they decide to move forward. They've also said that existing NFA applications would not be impacted by 41P going into effect.
What is the American Suppressor Association doing about it?The ASA has been on the front lines of the fight against 41P - as well as helping expand our rights in many other ways. There are currently several strategies, and we can't go into all of the details here; but, here are the main points:
- At the federal level, passing a law to defund 41P would essentially eliminate the threat even if it does go into effect. There are several lawmakers who are helping with this effort (including Congressman John Carter who visited our shop recently) .
- At the state level, the ASA is pushing for 'Shall Sign' legislation and rule changes (depending on the state) - so CLEO signatures would be easier to get. (I don't think this would be a true solution to 41P, but it would help.)
- The ASA is also committed to educating both the public & our lawmakers so suppressors are seen as what they really are: a safety device. The more people know about suppressors, the less likely they are to think of them in a negative way, which is why education is so important.