Multiple groups have confirmed that Examiners assigned to the NFA Division are deemed “non-essential personnel” and are not working during the shutdown, leaving Form 4’s and Form 1’s to stagnate.
Additionally, because ATF uses Bank of America (who ironically has a corporate-level anti-gun policy) to automatically process payments, the checks are still being cashed but the paperwork is going nowhere until the guv starts working again.
More in my column after the jump.
SD Tactical Arms of Prescott, Arizona announced on social media last week they are no longer able to sell their popular line of “solvent traps,” which made up their bulk of their business, as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives advised they could be interpreted as being unregistered suppressor parts.
“As of today the ATF shut down our business of selling solvent traps,” noted SD. “This is 99% of our income. They have put 3 Veterans, my wife and son out of work. They said I can’t sell freeze plugs. NAPA can’t even sell them to us because they are a suppressor part. They said all I can sell is complete suppressors.”