Join Date: December 15, 2001
Location: Winter Haven, Florida
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Unless it was imported. ALL imported C&R firearms must remain in their compleletely assemble military configuration or they are no longer C&R firearms and must be considered "Modern". If you do alter an imported military C&R firearm from its original configuration, you must ensure you do not voilate 922(r).
27 CFR 178.118: IMPORTATION OF CERTAIN FIREARMS CLASSIFIED AS CURIOS OR RELICS (Also 178.11 and 178.26)
Surplus military firearms frames or receivers alone not specifically classified as curios or relics by ATF will be denied importation.
ATF Rul. 85-10 Section 233 of the Trade and Tariff Act of 1984, 98 Stat. 2991, amended Title 18, United States Code, section 925 to allow licensed importers to import firearms listed by the Secretary as curios or relics, excluding handguns not generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes. The amendment had the effect of allowing the importation of surplus military curio or relic firearms that were previously prohibited from importation by 18 U.S.C. section 925(d)(3).
Congressional intent was expressed by Senator Robert Dole in 130 CONG. REC. S2234 (daily ed.,Mar. 2, 1984), as follows: First. This provision is aimed at allowing collectors to import fine works of art and other valuable weapons.
Second. This provision would allow the importation of certain military surplus firearms that are classified as curios and relics by regulations of the Secretary of the Treasury.
Third. In order for an individual or firm to import a curio or relic it must first be put on a list by petitioning the Secretary of the Treasury. The Secretary must find the firearm's primary value is that of being a collector's item.
Fourth. The only reason a person would purchase these firearms is because of their peculiar collector's status. And, in fact, they must be special firearms and classified as such in order to import.
This language clearly shows that Congress intended to permit the importation of surplus military firearms of special interest and value to collectors and recognized by ATF as meeting the curio or relic definition in 27 CFR 178.11. The regulation defines "curios or relics" as firearms of "special interest to collectors by reason of some quality other than is ordinarily associated with firearms intended for sporting use or as offensive or defensive weapons." The regulation further defines curios or relics to include "firearms which derive a substantial part of their monetary value from the fact that they are novel, rare, bizarre, or because of their association with some historical figure, period or event."
In classifying firearms as curios or relics under this regulation, ATF has recognized only assembled firearms as curios or relics.
Moreover, ATF's classification of surplus military firearms as curios or relics has extended only to those firearms in their original military configuration.
Frames or receivers of curios or relics and surplus military firearms not in their original military configuration were not generally recognized as curios or relics by ATF since they were not of special interest or value as collector's items.
Specifically, they did not meet the definition of curio or relic in section 178.11 as firearms of special interest to collectors by reason of a quality other than is ordinarily associated with sporting firearms or offensive or defensive weapons.
Furthermore, they did not ordinarily have monetary value as novel, rare, or bizarre firearms; nor were they generally considered curios or relics because of their association with some historical figure, period or event.
It is clear from the legislative history that Congress did not intend for the frames or receivers alone of surplus military firearms, or any other surplus military firearms not in their original military configuration, to be importable under section 925(e). It is also clear that only those firearms classified by ATF as curios or relics were intended to be approved by ATF for importation.
Held: to be importable under 18 U.S.C. section 925(e), surplus military firearms must be classified as curios or relics by ATF. Applications by licensed importers to import frames or receivers alone of surplus military curio or relic firearms will not be approved under section 925(e). Surplus military firearms will not be classified as curios or relics unless they are assembled in their original military configuration, and applications for permits to import such firearms will not be approved.
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