A group of Democrats in Congress this week strongly urged the Biden administration to get more muscular in its ongoing crackdown on legal self-made firearms and components. 

Less than two months after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' controversial changes in the definitions of “Frame or Receiver" went into effect as part of a witch hunt against so-called "ghost guns," 135 Dems in the U.S. House are asking for more action from both the Bureau and the White House. 

"Ghost guns are one of the fast-growing factors contributing to the epidemic of gun violence in our nation,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calf) before invoking images of suffering police and kids by saying, "These weapons pose a threat to our law enforcement officers, our community, and the safety of our children." 

Thompson, joined by a legion of like-minded lawmakers – most up for re-election in two weeks – signed a letter to President Joe Biden, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, and newly installed ATF Director Steve Dettelbach calling for "strong enforcement actions against ghost guns to stop their proliferation and protect our communities." 

The lawmakers stress that the Open Letter issued by the ATF in September to federal firearms licensees falls short of what they feel the recently adopted new rules allow. While so-called 80 percent lowers and frames are still widely sold-- just not in build kits complete with tools, jigs, and instructions as some were previously marketed with – Thompson and company feel the ATF now has the juice to ban the sale of such items unless they are all serialized and tracked via federal background checks at all future transfers. 

"We urge you to immediately rescind the Open Letter and be clear in guidance and enforcement actions that all frames and receivers, including those which have reached a stage of manufacture such that they are clearly recognized as unfinished frames or receivers, must be serialized," wrote the lawmakers to ATF this week. "We look forward to hearing from the Administration on specific plans to communicate to all stakeholders that the ghost gun regulation covers parts that can be readily converted, even if they are sold without tools, equipment, or instructions, if those are easily obtainable by the general public."

Introduced last May, the Justice Department published a rulemaking in the Federal Register for the ATF to change the definition of “Frame or Receiver." Once the smoke cleared 90 days later, 291,249 public comments had been posted. By comparison, a 2018 regulatory ban on bump stocks, reclassifying the accessories as illegal machine guns, only drew 193,297 comments. Largely opposed by Second Amendment and firearms industry groups along with Republican lawmakers, the much-changed final rule was published on April 26, 2022, and took effect on Aug 24, 2022.

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