Montana AG Knudsen released a statement this week in his opposition to a ban on so-called “ghost guns.” President Biden finalized restrictions on homemade guns known as “ghost guns,” as well as announcing a new nominee to head up the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Biden finalized a rule requiring makers of gun kits to include a serial number on the firearms. He’s also requiring sellers to follow the same standard as the other guns, including requiring a background check to purchase a firearm.
AG Knudsen issues a statement opposing the restrictions.
His written statement is on the Montana Department of Justice website.
AG Knudsen Opposes Biden’s Latest Attack On Gun Rights
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s rewrite of federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) regulations to ban so-called “ghost guns”:
Assembling firearms for their own use is a tradition and right that Americans have exercised since the founding of our nation. This new rule will not make Montanans safer as criminals will continue to ignore the law. It will shut down firearm companies, allow the government to end online sales of parts, and expand federal access to gun owner data – all by executive decree. I will continue to stand with my fellow Montana gun owners and fight against President Biden’s attacks on our rights.
The ATF itself estimated its regulation would shutdown 35 businesses at a cost of $1.1 million, however, the economic costs and burden will likely be much greater. Additionally, the rule will make it more difficult and expensive for Montanans to repair their own firearms, while also requiring them to undergo a background check to buy parts to do so. Attorney General Knudsen submitted formal comments to the ATF opposing the proposed rulemaking in August 2021.