For a while now we have known that the ATF has had an interest in airsoft guns which they claimed could be turned into real firearms. We discussed it extensively in the following three posts:
- Airsoft Gun Seizure – Apparently Toys Can Be Real Guns
- 80% AR-15 Lower Receiver V.S. Airsoft Lower Receiver – Is there a legal difference?
- Airsoft To AR-15 Conversion – Fox News And ATF Beating A Dead Horse
Well it looks like our “calling out” of the ATF to prove their case, finally got a response. The results are what I expected, but hoped would not be the case.
The ATF response letter, dated May 19, 2010 (Click to enlarge):
I know nothing about airsoft rifles at all, but the letter is apparently regarding the JG M4 airsoft rifle (a copy of the Western Arms M4 GBB design). I am not sure if the WE TTI M4 shipment that was confiscated in Tacoma is still under investigation.
What does this letter mean for the (thousands of?) American kids who own these airsoft rifles? My guess is that if they do not destroy them immediately they will be violating federal law and their parents who are responsible for them could face long prison sentences, and/or substantial fines.
How are the majority of the owners of these airsoft rifles even going to find out that they are in violation of federal law? Who knows…
Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. Why was this not decided as soon as the first shipment of these airsoft rifles hit our shores? Making people into criminals after the fact is not fair.
What do you guys think?