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Old 11-22-2009, 04:49 AM   #1
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Is there an "official" ATF rule that addresses the need to notify ATF if you add a 9 mm upper to a registered M16 or have multiple barrel assemblies with different barrel lengths? I have been told there is no requirement to notify ATF if you buy a 9 mm upper that can be switched out with the 5.56 upper. My gun is on a Form 5 as 5.56 mm with a 16" barrel. Any guidance will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-22-2009, 04:42 PM   #2
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Is there an "official" ATF rule that addresses the need to notify ATF if you add a 9 mm upper to a registered M16 or have multiple barrel assemblies with different barrel lengths?

Thanks.....David
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Chief, National Firearms Act Branch
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
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Martinsburg, WV 25405
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Is there an "official" ATF rule that addresses the need to notify ATF if you add a 9 mm upper to a registered M16 or have multiple barrel assemblies with different barrel lengths? I have been told there is no requirement to notify ATF if you buy a 9 mm upper that can be switched out with the 5.56 upper. My gun is on a Form 5 as 5.56 mm with a 16" barrel. Any guidance will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.....David
IMHO - no registration for multiple uppers is required.
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I will never for the life of me understand why on earth, much less in the United States of America, figure out why we need a permit or any other thing to exercise an Unalienable right.

That said? Yes, I do believe that you need a new tax tag for any major modification, and, yes, that would be a major change...

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If it's already a registered full auto class 3, you can swap calibers, uppers and barrel lengths without any further notification or "permission" from BATFE.

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isnt the only thing registered the lower?

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My only concern is if the upper for your M16 had a barrel under 16" (regardless of caliber) and the owner of the M16 also possessed a semiauto AR15 that would also allow that upper to fit it would this constitute possession of an unregistered SBR in the eyes of the BATFE? After all we are dealing with an agency that in the past has ruled that mere possession of certain parts constitutes owning an illegal MG.
My answer was to sell my AR15 after I took possession of my Colt M16 to avoid having to answer this very question.

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