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The article is wrong.

Posted By: HSR47
Date: 7/7/20 02:42

In Response To: ATF kills "fast tracked" NFA items (Jonathan Kixmiller / Atlas Firearms)

The idea that ATF "scrapped" some new "fast track" program due to public feedback is laughable--If ATF actually cared about public perception/reaction, they'd dedicate a significantly larger portion of their budget to the NFA branch (both in order to handle the load, and to modernize the application process--i.e. to make e-forms a functional system instead of a quasi-functional scrapheap).

That all being said, we then have to ask "Why did ATF really do this?" The most likely answer is simple: They were trying to justify the new money they got for FY2019, as well as the additional money they're going to request for FY2020.

There is an official goal from on high for ATF to approve Form 4 applications within 90 days. They got a significant bump in their budget for 2019 to work towards cutting the backlog & increasing the percentage of Form 4 applications processed in the target timeframe, and it was looking like they were making almost no progress on either front.

Cut to ~July, when boatloads of applications approved in under 90 days started showing up, and kept showing up in large numbers until sometime around November (at which point they suddenly dried up).

TLDR: The most likely conclusion is that the sub-90 day approvals we saw in summer and fall of 2019 were nothing but a political game that ATF was playing in order to get more money, and that any "public outcry" whether real or imagined, had no serious impact on the end of the alleged program.

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