Loeffler Defends, Seeks Clarity for Gun Owners, Manufacturers
Asks AG Barr to Provide Guidance on Recent ATF Cease and Desist Letter to Honey Badger Pistol
ATLANTA – U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr asking for clarity on a recent decision by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to classify the Honey Badger Pistol firearm as a short barreled rifle, subjecting it to more stringent restrictions and creating undue confusion for manufacturers and law-abiding gun owners.
“On August 3, 2020, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) sent a cease and desist letter to the manufacturer of a firearm called the Honey Badger Pistol,” Loeffler wrote. “In that letter, ATF asserts that the firearm, along with two others produced by the manufacturer, was a short barreled rifle, as defined in the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA)…There appears to be no rationale supporting ATF’s position that the Honey Badger Pistol and related platforms should be subjected to the additional restrictions placed on firearms under the GCA…
“ATF’s apparent inconsistency and lack of clear rationale when it comes to the Honey Badger Pistol has placed firearms manufacturers and millions of law-abiding gun owners into a state of legal limbo…Enforcement of firearms rules requires clear and well communicated reasoning, and consistent application to ensure the protection of Americans’ vital Second Amendment rights. I ask, therefore, that you work with ATF to remedy this unfortunate and inconsistent approach to our nation’s guns laws.”
The full letter is available here. Loeffler is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights and has introduced the Gun Owners Protection Act to prevent the federal government from maintaining a federal database with background information of those seeking to obtain a firearm.