A report in Ammoland indicates that the Biden administration’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has been visiting a number of Americans demanding that they hand over an after-market trigger for use in the popular AR-15 platform.
ATF agents have been showing up unexpectedly to take possession of Rare Breed FRT-15 triggers. The gun owners who have been targeted acquired their triggers from Rare Breed at their website or through the Gun Broker website.
It is not known how the AFT acquired the identifying information of the customers who purchased the triggers, although they may have accessed the data through credit card processors or shipping companies.
Breaking: ATF have started going door to door confiscating forced reset triggers. If you have purchased a Rare Breed or other brand especially from gunbroker. Expect a knock at the door & protect your dog. pic.twitter.com/6QOIWTKHY4
— John Jones (@JohnJon31006509) August 18, 2022
It appears that the Rare Breed FRT-15 trigger is being confiscated as a “machine gun” as defined by the federal National Firearms Act. The law defines a machine gun as any combination of parts designed and intended to convert any weapon into one that will automatically fire more than one round with a single function of the weapon’s trigger.
The ATF has administratively declared that “force reset triggers” for AR-15 rifles qualify as machine guns under the law, even though they do not meet the legal definition. Force reset triggers speed up the rate of fire by forcing the trigger to reset with each pull, but only cause one round to be fired per pull of the trigger.
The ATF conducted a test on some Rare Breed FRT-15 triggers early last year. An ATF examiner used a zip tie to force the trigger into the pulled position. He reported that the rifle manipulated in that way caused five shots to fire “automatically.”
As a matter of physics, the zip tie exerted constant pressure on the trigger, duplicating the force applied by a user’s finger with each individual pull of the trigger. Contrary to the requirements of the National Firearms Act, the trigger was in fact pulled each time the weapon was fired.
Nonetheless, the ATF issued an administrative “cease-and-desist” order to Rare Breed Triggers in July 2021. Rare Breed continued to sell the triggers directly to gun owners and also filed a lawsuit against the AFT in federal court in Florida contesting the order.
The lawsuit was dismissed over a procedural deadline without prejudice and Rare Breed filed a new lawsuit in North Dakota, where it had formed another company. That case is still pending.
Meanwhile, the AFT has been directly approaching gun owners to confiscate the triggers. Ammoland cautioned any citizen who owns a force reset trigger to contact an attorney for legal advice in order to be prepared if the AFT shows up at their doorstep.