Are the FRT triggers machine guns?
Well, if you are to ask Rare Breed Triggers, that answer is a resounding, “No.” Unfortunately, the ATF disagrees.
This morning at 10:06am, the ATF sent out an open letter to all FFL Licensees stating that they have “recently examined devices commonly known as “forced reset triggers” (FRTs) and determined that some of them are “firearms” and “machine guns” as defined in the National Firearms Act (NFA), and “machine guns” as defined in the Gun Control Act (GCA).”
Simply put, this means that every FRT is an unregistered machine gun (which is illegal…)
Legal FRT Trigger Jargon:
The NFA and the GCA define a machine gun under 26 U.S.C § 5845(b) and 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(23) as—Any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. The term shall also include the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any part designed and intended solely and exclusively, or combination of parts designed and intended, for use in converting a weapon into a machine gun, and any combination of parts from which a machine gun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person.
You Can view the ATF Open Letter
What should I do if I own an frt trigger?
Right now, the ATF recommends that those who currently own these triggers should contact the ATF for guidance on how to give them up or dispose of them.
Based on ATF’s determination that the FRTs that function as described above are “machine guns” under the NFA and GCA, ATF intends to take appropriate remedial action with respect to sellers and possessors of these devices. Current possessors of these devices are encouraged to contact ATF for further guidance on how they may divest possession.
If you are uncertain whether the device you possess is a machine gun as defined by the GCA and NFA, please contact your local ATF Field Office. You may consult the local ATF Office’s webpage for office contact information.
This letter obviously comes as a huge blow to Rare Breed Triggers and the ongoing battle for the preservation of our right to bear arms.
What are your thoughts?
Is the Rare Breed FRT a machine gun? Let us know that you think!