With the ebb and flow (or back and forth) of ATF regulations come a lot of confusing and baffling opinions. With their recent push to go after “ghost guns” and unserialized weapons, some members of the 3D-printing community have expressed concern that every child with a Nerf gun could potentially become a criminal. Online crafter and 3D printer 00MEAT recently displayed his concern by easily converting a Nerf Strongarm foam dart pistol into a makeshift DIY 22LR pistol.
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New ATF Regulations Turn Every Nerf Gun into an 80% Receiver?
00MEAT has a detailed overview of his DIY 22LR adapter for the Nerf pistol and is challenging the ATF to properly identify the receiver portion of the firearm.
There we go. Every nerf gun is now an 80% or greater receiver. If you have a kid with a nerf gun, please let the ATF know you don’t want your kid charged with purchasing a firearm while under 21.
Nerf .22 adapter has been redesigned some. It doesn’t have to be good, it just has to be viable enough to make every foam dart gun everywhere into an 80% receiver.
Under Proposed Rule 2021R-05, the ATF would provide new definitions of what constitutes a firearm frame or receiver and under that, they would provide a definition of what constitutes something that is “readily convertible to a firing state.” This obviously opens up a whole can of worms aside from the obvious fact that anyone with two brain cells to rub together can combine a few pieces of pipe from the hardware store to make a slamfire shotgun. 3D printers in my observation are far more capable and inventive as is the case with 00MEAT.
If this new rule was proposed to include this new definition of 80% receivers, we could be in for a big case of a bunch of children being turned into criminals overnight and simultaneously making Walmart the biggest FFL on the planet by leaps and bounds. Is the ATF going to start asking that we serialize any tube-shaped object? Are those eco-friendly stainless steel straws under the same threat of regulation?