Nevada-based Polymer 80, which makes polymer AR receivers, pistol frames, and handguns, was raided by federal regulators over their unfinished gun kits.
In a story first reported by the Wall Street Journal last Friday, the ATF visited Polymer 80 last week in conjunction with a 119-page search warrant affidavit filed in a federal court. The primary reason involved the company's PF940 series "Buy Build Shoot" kit, which includes an unfinished 80-percent Gen 3 Glock-style frame and components to help finish it as a handgun. This was despite a 2017 determination letter from the Bureau that said unfinished PF940 blanks were not classified as a frame or receiver.
Polymer 80 responded on their social media account that they were still very much "business as usual" and are continuing to ship 80 percent products while limiting what they say directly on the ATF's visit and reassuring the public that "we have a strong team working on our behalf to protect P80 and the foundation upon which it stands, as well as the customers that we care about and appreciate. Stay tuned!"
Meanwhile, TFB is reporting that some end-users of P80 BBS kits have been visited by the ATF at their homes, requesting forfeiture of the merchandise.
With that, the Firearms Policy Coalition is requesting owners of such kits or a similar product by another brand who are contacted by law enforcement or federal regulators to reach out to the organization's toll-free Legal Action Hotline.
Speaking of similar products, Polymer 80's market rival, 80 Percent Arms, released a statement on last week's raid, fundamentally saying they stand with Polymer 80.
"This is the opening salvo in a new war against the 80 percent market and likely a pretense to rescinding all 80 percent letters in the near future under a Biden administration," said 80 Percent Arms. "While the revocation may occur, we believe strongly that this action would be illegal, and we are prepared to vigorously fight for the continued existence of 80 percent lowers."
Notably, 80 Percent Arms is already fighting in court on the federal level against efforts to further restrict such products.
National gun control groups, who pressured and later sued the Trump administration to regulate unfinished lowers and receivers as if they were completed firearms, welcomed the news of the ATF's actions against Polymer 80.
"After years of regulatory failure, this is a first step in addressing the clear threat posed by ghost guns,” said Eric Tirschwell, managing director for Everytown Law. “We will keep pressing our case in court unless and until ATF shuts down this illegal and life-threatening industry.”