ATF approves new Can Cannon design

 Can Cannon

The Can Cannon. (Photo: X Products)

Six months after legal issues were raised by federal regulators, X Products announced over the weekend a legally approved Can Cannon design.

“Our new design restores the Can Cannon back to the status of ‘not a firearm’ and ‘not a destructive device’ in the eyes of the law,” the company said in a statement released Friday.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued a determination letter last month updating the legal status, according to a document shared by the company. In celebration of the design, the company launched a raffle for five Can Cannons.

The device attaches to an AR-15 lower receiver and, with the use of blank ammunition, launches soda cans out of the barrel. But last September, the ATF determined that because the Can Cannon could fire live ammo, the attachment would turn an AR into a short barrel rifle. Legally speaking, such an item is prohibited under federal law unless the owner obtains a registration.

The change is a new gas port. And for those who own old model Can Cannons, which the company said in September were an estimated 4,000 to 5,000, they can upgrade their device. The company is asking owners to send it in for modification. For more information, check out the web page Legalize My Can Cannon.

Article updated April 20, 2016, at 9 am EST