A federal judge denied gun maker Sig Sauer’s claim that the government “acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner” when it labeled its product a silencer.
New Hampshire District Judge Paul Barbadoro stated that “The ATF acted rationally in concluding that Sig Sauer intended the baffle core to be used only as a silencer part because the agency pointed to substantial evidence in the record to support its determination.
The judge agreed with the ATF that the device — the core component to a silencer welded onto the barrel of a carbine — was only intended to be a component in a silencer and that Sig did not intend it to serve as a muzzle brake.
He pointed to the ATF’s evidence showing similarities between a silencer and the device, and differences between common muzzle brake designs and the device.
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“The ATF was presented with conflicting evidence as to whether Sig Sauer intended the baffle core to be used only as a silencer,” he said. “It considered the relevant evidence using the correct legal standard and came to a rational conclusion based upon its expertise. No more is required to sustain its decision.”
The judge based his opinion on a hearing in July in which both parties presented arguments. The lawsuit was filed back in April 2014.