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ATF Hype Over PMF Weapons

An unclassified document by the ATF was leaked to social media that revealed ATF hype over “PMF” weapons. PMF- Privately Made Firearms- was one of their alerts to law enforcement to give them a ‘heads up’ to be on the lookout for people who make their own firearms. The alert was issued to law enforcement and was never meant to be released until some enterprising person uploaded it to Scribd.

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Screenshot from YouTube

ATF hype over PMF weapons?

The title of the 6 page ATF document is: “First Responder Awareness of Privately Made Firearms May Prevent Illicit Activities.”

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It contains this warning:

WARNING: This document is UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY. Do not release to the public, the media, or other personnel who do not have a valid need to know without prior approval from NCTC, DHS, or the FBI. This document may contain US Person information deemed necessary for the intended recipient to understand, assess, or act on the information provided. Additionally, this document may contain information exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).

Scribd – ATF release on PMF

Lee Williams, from The Gun Writer noted that the PMF document has a disclaimer:

To be clear, the ATF and JCAT consider homebuilt firearms “terrorist tactics, techniques and procedures,” even though Americans have been making guns legally in their homes since before there even was a United States of America…

“Criminals and violent extremists continue to seek ways to acquire firearms through the production of privately made firearms (PMFs),” ATF’s document warns. “PMF awareness and identification can aid PMF recovery, prevention of illicit activities including terrorism, and overall first responder and public safety”…

“NOTE: Many of the activities described herein may involve Constitutionally protected activities and may be insignificant on their own. Action should not be taken solely based on the exercise of Constitutionally protected rights.”

Lee Williams and excerpts from the document

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Screenshot from ATF document

The document suggests law enforcement look for large orders of uppers and lowers, and several other tips for police to determine if there’s a problem. They explain how to see if a firearm is privately made.

In March of 2021, a man was in possession of an unregistered suppressor and gave “machine gun conversion devices” to hundreds of people, including some with “extremist tendencies.” To be sure, there are wackos out there, people who have a violent nature and are doing illegal things. It’s also true that local police should be aware of things that could endanger them. No one disputes that. But is the ATF pushing this to be anyone who builds their own firearm as an extremist? You can read the document here if they don’t take it down.

The ATF document is not unlike the current occupant of the White House who thinks it was illegal to own cannons in the Revolutionary War (it wasn’t, by the way, and even the Washington Post gave him ‘Four Pinocchios” for messing it up). The ATF concern over PMF could become a serious problem for law abiding Americans as long as the idea that Conservatives or other ordinary folks are considered “extremists.”

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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