In a letter from DOJ Appellate Staff, Civil Litigation in reference to the Gun Owners of America v. Garland being heard in the 6Th Circuit Court of Appeals, clarification is given regarding the status of the AR-15 as it pertains to the definition of a “machine gun.” At issue is the phrase “can be readily restored to shoot,” in fully automatic mode. The determination appears to be they cannot be “fully restored to shoot” in a condition (full auto) that they were never designed to fire in the first place.
NEW: GOA v. Garland (6th Circuit): In an indirect refutation of an argument made in some anti-gun lawsuits, the ATF says that AR-15s cannot "be 'readily restored' to fire automatically" and that the existence of bump stocks "does not transform all AR-15s into machineguns." pic.twitter.com/ZjPgKYiEST
— Rob Romano (@2Aupdates) October 25, 2021