Episode III

Let Me Be Frank - Episode III

As I listened to the confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh I couldn’t help noticing the petulance of the democratic party and their constituency. Judge Kavanaugh is the nominee for supreme court justice by President Trump. Judge Kavanaugh was straightforward and honest in his responses to questions manufactured to cast dispersions on his ability to perform as an objective judge.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation was believed to be a foregone conclusion as republicans hold a senate majority. A simple majority vote is all that is required to confirm or to reject a nominee. Now, in the eleventh hour, Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of clinical psychology, has appeared out of nowhere to say Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high-school. Ford has a PHD in psychology and is likely skilled in the art of manipulation. Now, before I am crucified for not going along with the current fad of “me-too” and just believing whatever we are told and condemning Kavanaugh as guilty-until-proven-innocent, let me make it clear that I am not calling her a liar, I am not saying here story is misleading or didn’t happen. I am asking questions. Most importantly, why now? Has Ford been sitting on this all these years while Kavanaugh has climbed the ladder in order to wait for the moment to gain maximum publicity? Is she the one who is being manipulated as a pawn for the liberal cause? Additionally, Ford initially stated that she wanted to be anonymous. What changed? Ford said she would testify, then that she wouldn’t, then that she would AFTER an FBI investigation, then that she wouldn’t, then under certain conditions she would. By the time you read this, we, supposedly, will have a final answer as to whether she will testify or not. But, again, why come forward now? In my opinion, the answer is very simple. The social-justice-warrior liberal democrats, champion of all victims (well, as long as you meet their definition of victim) found a pawn victim who’s story was so incredible that it had to be heard, nationally, at the last possible moment before Kavanaugh was confirmed, despite the plethora of background investigations performed in the past in which this incident failed to come up. Surely they are not merely attempting to continue their thwarting of the Trump administration.

I was a federal law enforcement officer for over 27 years, much of that as an investigator and because of that experience, I can tell you the FBI has no reason to investigate this allegation as a crime. I’ve had multiple government issued clearances including a top-secret clearance throughout my years and was re-investigated every five years to maintain them. I understand the process. Judge Kavanaugh worked in the white house for five years, has been a federal judge for twelve years, and has now been nominated to the highest court in the land. There isn’t a bathroom break he has taken that the FBI is unaware of. The FBI has talked to school mates, co-workers, neighbors and probably the people who deliver his mail and mow his lawn. If a crime had been committed, even an allegation of a crime, it would have been reported and the senate judiciary committee would know about it.

Before Ford’s letter was released, notedly, in defiance of senate rules, and in protest of the confirmation of Kavanaugh, New Jersey Democrat, Sen. Cory Booker (aka Spartacus) released documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's record which had been classified as “confidential" by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Our modern-day Spartacus wants to determine Kavanaugh’s integrity while demonstrating his lack of the same. Booker’s other bosom pals in the senate, along with Hillary “I’ll suicide you with a double tap to the back of the head” Clinton, are screaming for an FBI investigation and that everyone must believe what Ford is saying and cannot question it. I seem to recall a good half dozen or more women who she flung more mud at than redneck mud rally when they accused darling Slick-willy Bill, not of attempted rape, but actual rape, in some cases, multiple times. But, people change right? The Hilldog has changed her ways apparently and I am sure will be calling up the women she destroyed to apologize and show her new feminist-me-too personality and help them get their justice alongside Ford.

Overall, as Senator Ted Cruz has pointed out, this is more about the left’s refusal to accept the nation’s rejection of their doctrine via the results of the 2016 election than it is about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. The liberal mob is doing all it can to supplant the current administration and it will continue with the main-stream-media leading the way. We saw this more clearly than ever beginning with the media showing sobbing crowds of Hillary supporters on election night. We’ve seen it with the mob demonstrations protesting the outcome of the election when Trump was sworn in and in multiple cities across the country. The leftist liberal, sobbing, foot stomping, sky-screaming snowflakes will never accept the outcome of the 2016 election, but more sadly perhaps, they will never understand the reason Donald J. Trump won the election. I bet you do.

Be Aware, be prepared.

LEGAL MACHINE GUN OWNERSHIP

Episode II: Legal Machine Gun Ownership

According to Webster’s Dictionary a machine gun is; a gun for sustained rapid fire that uses bullets; broadly: an automatic weapon. Pretty simple definition and who am I to argue with Webster. However, if you listen to some of the news media geniuses, every black rife is an automatic weapon. Basically, if you pull the trigger and more than one bullet comes out of the barrel you’ve got yourself a machine gun. This is not how the average gun works, one trigger pull, one bullet, single fire or semi-automatic. This is the firearm that anyone passing a background check will typically purchase.

The federal law governing fully automatic weapons is called the National Firearms Act, or NFA. First enacted in 1934, this federal law regulates fully automatic weapons, suppressors, short-barreled rifles, short barrel shotguns, and destructive devices such as bombs or grenades. The NFA was subsequently modified in 1968 by the Gun Control Act, and in 1986 by the Firearm Owners Protection Act. Citizens may own a machine gun if it was manufactured prior to 1986.This does not apply to FFLs (certain gun dealers / manufacturers) nor law enforcement.

If you want to own a machine gun chances are you can if you are not a “prohibited person”, meaning you can pass the background check and if, the full-auto machine gun was made before 1986, and your state law does not ban that the firearm.Machine guns fall under the National Firearms Act (NFA) and require the same process as purchasing a silencer, short barrel rifle or short barrel shotgun. To purchase a legal machine gun, you must submit a completed BATFE Form 4 along with your fingerprints, passport size photograph and $200. The process normally takes six to eight months but can take much longer depending on the background investigation.

Some states have banned machine guns despite federal law. This is usually based on function (automatic fire) or features such as large capacity magazines. The same way some states ban only large capacity magazines. If you travel with your legal machine gun, make sure you know the laws of the state(s) you enter. Federal law will not protect you if you take a machine gun into a state where they are banned.

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Frank Wilson
Director of Operations
Compliance Manager
Royal Range USA

INFORMATION ON SILENCERS

Episode I: Information on Silencers

We saw the introduction of H.R. 367, The Hearing Protection Act introduced in the House on January 9, 2017. This bill would have amended the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) eliminate the $200 transfer tax on firearm silencers, and (2) treat any person who acquires or possesses a firearm silencer as meeting any registration or licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act with respect to such silencer. Any person who pays a transfer tax on a silencer after October 22, 2015, may receive a refund of such tax.

The bill would have also amended the federal criminal code to preempt state or local laws that tax or regulate firearm silencers.

On February 6, 2017 it was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. Subsequently on September 18, 2017 it was folded into H.R. 3668 “Sportsmen’s Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act” or the “SHAREAct”. H.R. 3668 SHARE ACT

Basically, this legislation, if passed, would make it possible to purchase a suppressor just as if it were any firearm. A Federal Firearms Transfer (form 4473) and NICS background check would be all that is required.

It is still possible to purchase, own and possess a suppressor. I will give you BATFE version here and then tell you how to purchase a suppressor after you’ve familiarized yourself with government explanation of purchasing a suppressor.

9.4.2  ATF Form 4. Forms 4, Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of a Firearm, are for use in transferring serviceable NFA firearms in the following instances: transfers by non-FFLs/SOTs to other such persons; transfers by non-FFLs/SOTs to FFLs/SOTs; and transfers by FFLs/SOTs to non FFLs/SOTs.167  Appendix C contains a copy of the form.  See also Sections 3.2.6.1 through 3.2.6.3. These transfers are subject to the NFA transfer tax, so the forms must be accompanied by the appropriate tax payment.  Forms 4 transferring firearms to individuals other than FFLs/SOTs must also be accompanied by transferees’ fingerprints and photographs on FBI Forms FD-258.  If the individual’s receipt or possession of the firearm would violate Federal, State, or local law, the form would be disapproved.  

Alright, now if you’re still awake, I’ll tell you how to purchase your suppressor in about the same amount of time it took to digest the paragraph above. Ok it may take a few minutes longer but not much. Come into a Federal Firearm Licensee, preferably Royal Range USA, select and pay for the suppressor you desire and let us guide you through the Tax Stamp application. We will place you in front of a computer where you will complete the above-mentioned ATF Form 4 which takes about 5 minutes on your part. We will obtain your fingerprints and photograph, complete the forms and mail them to the BATFE with your check for the application fee of $200.00.  You may also purchase a suppressor and complete the Tax Stamp application through an online vendor such as Silencer Shop and have the suppressor transferred to you through our FFL.

Now you have legally purchased the suppressor, but you cannot legally possess it. On average it takes 8-12 months depending on how many places you’ve lived, and whether you have an arrest record, to complete a background check and process your application. If you can pass the standard background check for the purchase of a firearm, you will very likely be approved to own a suppressor. Once your application is approved you will be issued a “Tax Stamp” assigned to you and registered only to the serial number of the suppressor you have purchased.  Do you want multiple suppressors? Well that will require an application for each individual suppressor and $200.00 for each application.

Once you receive the Tax Stamp for your suppressor you should treat it as any important document. If you are found in possession of a suppressor you will likely have to produce this document.

Lastly, there are two types of ownership, individual and trust. If you choose individual ownership you are the only person legally permitted to possess the suppressor. You can not loan it, rent it or give it to another person unless you repeat the above process and legally transfer the suppressor to another person after they have obtained a Tax Stamp for that individual suppressor. Technically speaking, you can’t even let them use it when you’re standing next to them at the range. Should you decide to form a trust you can identify anyone that you’d like to be able to also possess your suppressor. This is most often done for family members or to pass on after the owner’s demise.  Anyone listed on the trust application must pass the same background investigation as the original applicant. Failure to pass the background investigation of any person on the trust will at a minimum delay the application and may result in a denial of the application. Any denials whether individual or trust will result in a refund of the $200.00 application fee.

So, if H.R. 3668, The SHARE ACT, ever becomes law all these forms and fees will become unnecessary. Please consider contacting your representatives and urge them to action on this proposed legislation.

In my next blog I’ll talk about purchasing, possessing and/or owning automatic weapons, you know, machine guns….

Frank Wilson
Director of Operations
Compliance Manager
Royal Range USA