PROSPECT, PA -(Ammoland.com)- This morning, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) served JSD Supply with a cease & desist order.
The order originated from the ATF’s Philadelphia field office. It stated that JSD Supply could not sell both unfinished frames and firearms parts to the same person no matter if they were purchased at different times. If JSD Supply sold a frame to someone, then the customer comes back to the site and buys a gun part; then, according to the ATF, the company sold the customer a complete firearm without a federal firearms license (FFL) in violation of the Gun Control Act (GCA).
The ATF claims this action is independent of the new rule change that was unveiled last month during a White House Rose Garden ceremony and is due to go into effect this August. The order claimed it has always been Illegal under the GCA to sell parts and frames to the same person even if the transactions were separate. The ATF calls this “structuring.” Many sites sell both parts and frames, including major players in the firearms industry such as Brownells and Midway.
As of Thursday morning, JSD Supply’s website was taken offline until the company received legal advice on how to move forward. JSD Supply has been at the center of attention since NBC News released a hit piece on the company in conjunction with Pennsylvania Attorney General and governor candidate Josh Shapiro.
NBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard purchased two kits from a gun show outside of Philadelphia in the piece. After he bought two unfinished kits from the JSD Supply booth, he ambushed JSD Supply owner Jordan Vinroe in the parking lot with an interview. The interview was selectively edited to smear Vinroe.
Hillyard then took the two kits to the PA AG’s Office, where employees finished the kits for him. Some advocates and gun rights organizations wonder if any law was broken with the transfer of the two kits and the AG’s office finishing the frames for NBC News. If the transfer of parts and a frame make the items a firearm, then it appears Hillyard broke the law as a New York State resident buying a firearm in Pennsylvania.
JSD Supply products have opinion letters from the ATF stating that the items in question are not firearms. This contradiction of what the cease and desist order says and what the determination letters say is perplexing.
The regulations surrounding 80% kits are confusing. Instead of the ATF clarifying its stance in the new pistol frame rule, it muddies the water by making contradictory statements in the documents. It is unclear if ATF’s special agent will visit other companies.
AmmoLand News tried to reach Special Agent in Charge of The Philadelphia Field Office, Matthew Varisco, for comment, but our calls were not returned.
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