Feds: Force-reset triggers are machine guns under US law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities are advising gun dealers that certain force-reset triggers, which allow weapons to fire rapidly with one continuous pull of the trigger, are considered machine guns under federal law and subject to to strict regulations.

The notification was made Thursday in an open letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to federally licensed firearms dealers. He explains how investigators determined that the triggers were “conversion devices”, making the weapons machine guns.

The Biden administration has worked to tighten gun regulations, step up its fight against gun violence, and address rising violent crime rates in the country. The Department of Justice has already announced that it is taking a hardline approach to arms dealers who violate federal law and has set up several strike forces in cities to help stop the trafficking of fire arms.

In the new letter, the agency said its review of the devices in question determined that they “enable a firearm to automatically expel more than one shot with one continuous pull of the trigger.”

The ATF says using the triggers, some of which sell online for around $400, means the weapons are turned into machine guns under federal law and, therefore, would be subject to strict regulations for possession. , transport or transfer of devices.

The determination only applies to hard-reset triggers which allow weapons to fire more than one shot with a single trigger pull and not others on the market which require the trigger to be released before another shot can be fired.

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