Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What is a Firearm? The ATF Definition

This is from the ATF website:

Gun Control Act Definitions

Define: Firearm

Defined Under: 18 U.S.C., § 921(a)(3)

This section is intended to provide basic guidance in understanding firearm terminology. Please bear in mind that these illustrations do not necessarily depict importable firearms.

The term “Firearm” means:

Any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive;

B. The frame or receiver of any such weapon;

C. Any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or
D. Any destructive device.

Firearm Frame or Receiver

That part of a firearm which provides housing for the hammer, bolt or breechblock, and firing mechanism, and which is usually threaded at its forward portion to receive the barrel, is considered a firearm per 27 CFR § 478.11. 

--- This is per the ATF


  1. So, Am I to be led that an AR lower reciever is not a firearm?

    1. yes, just in atf is so angry they bite railroad ties and spit 8 pt nuts and bolts, this was recently discovered by attorneys.but everyone has been under the erroneous idea that ar lowers is a firearm .but by definition it fails. not readily converted to fire ,no bolt ,no barrel attachment .you can put in a fully loaded magazine into your lower but it will not fire ever .and they cant change the law ( legally).has to go back to congress/senate


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