BREAKING: The ATF Has Published The ‘Frame and Receiver’ Rule, “Banning Ghost Guns”


Final rule.


The Department of Justice (“Department”) is amending Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) regulations to remove and replace the regulatory definitions of “firearm frame or receiver” and “frame or receiver” because the current regulations fail to capture the full meaning of those terms. The Department is also amending ATF’s definitions of “firearm” and “gunsmith” to clarify the meaning of those terms, and to provide definitions of terms such as “complete weapon,” “complete muffler or silencer device,” “multi-piece frame or receiver,” “privately made firearm,” and “readily” for purposes of clarity given advancements in firearms technology. Further, the Department is amending ATF’s regulations on marking and recordkeeping that are necessary to implement these new or amended definitions.


This rule is effective August 24, 2022.

The absolutely 100% clear, not confusing at all, totally non-vague rule that absolutely fixes the ghost gun problem in the United States is set to take punitive effect 120 days from today.

All persons doing ghost gunnery must cease their spectral ballisticisms this summer. They must add the magic numerical crime stopping numbers to the sides of their previously spooky boomsticks (if those boomsticks are entering the commercial sales stream, you still don’t have to serialize a personal firearm) and all bad things with those ghoulish gunstuffs will be gone forevermore by September.

That is how that works, right?

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.