Had I not checked this out myself, I would have thought this to be an April Fools joke. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has authorized all FFL licensees to sell firearms through drive-up windows of their stores.
Or in outdoor kiosks.
Or in parking lots.
Life is good!
The ATF’s April 10 letter to FFL licensees issued the new guidlines in response to the coronavirus disease (WU HAN virus 武漢病毒).
“In light of the March 13, 2020, declaration of a national emergency concerning the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and the Department of Homeland Security’s subsequent classification of firearms businesses as essential, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received questions from industry members regarding the legality of firearm sales and deliveries exterior to the brick-and-mortar structure at which the firearms business is licensed. Specifically, Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) have requested guidance regarding whether they may verify customer identity and permit the completion of paperwork, including for purposes of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; accept payment; and deliver firearms or ammunition to customers (collectively, “the requested activities”) in the following settings:
(1) a drive-up or walk-up window or doorway on the FFL’s property;
(2) a temporary table or booth located in a parking lot on the FFL’s property; and
(3) a nearby space that is not located on the FFL’s property.As is further detailed below, pursuant to the Gun Control Act (GCA) and its ATF Federal Firearms Licensees. ”
According to USA Today . . .
“The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, in new guidance to federally licensed firearm retailers, said Friday that dealers can provide drive-up or walk-up service to reduce health risks posed by the coronavirus.
The guidance was issued, the ATF said, in response industry questions about how business transactions could be restricted following the declaration of a national health emergency.
The move was made at the request of the National Shooting Sports Foundation in an effort to expedite background checks and make the firearms sales process as safe for both gun retailers and customers as possible given COVID-19 武漢病毒 social distancing guidelines.”
As might be expected, the usual whiny libtard snowflakes are having a meltdown.
This is too much. The Trump administration and continues to outdo itself in taking every possible step to pander to the gun lobby during a national crisis and global pandemic. #StopTheCoronavirusGunSurge #COVID19 https://t.co/wJ15a21V22
Kris Brown (@KrisB_Brown) April 11, 2020– First, the Trump administration declared gun stores “essential.” Now, the ATF is promoting them to operate “drive-through” windows. Let’s be clear, gun stores are NOT McDonalds. You shouldn’t be able to buy an AR-15 like you do a burger and fries.
https://t.co/eQvFYOQRuR Brady | United Against Gun Violence (@bradybuzz) April 11, 202–The ATF is recommending gun stores operate using drive through windows. Support local restaurants, go to their drive throughs instead.
The full ATF Open Letter to Federal Firearms Licensees can be read at this link: