Previously we reported the case of the Can Cannon produced by X Products LLC. It launches soda cans using a device attached to an AR-15 lower receiver. It uses blank 5.56 NATO cartridges for the necessary propulsion. Initially ATF provided X Products written assurances that its Can Cannon was not a firearm. Thousands of Can Cannons were sold with ATF's written statement attached. Then, on August 26, 2015, ATF reversed itself by claiming the Can Cannon was in fact a firearm because the chamber which contains the blank cartridge had an opening at the front. Because the "barrel" of the Can Cannon was less than 16", ATF said that such a firearm was a short barrel rifle subject to the NFA.
Customers who had already purchased the Can Cannon easily could have been unaware of the change in ATF policy. Their failure to comply with the applicable NFA rules could place them in danger of committing a felony.
Now ATF has reversed themselves again because of a minor change by X Products in the design of the Can Cannon. The small opening that had made the item a “firearm” has since been fixed with a permanently welded block. Thus the Can Cannon no longer must be registered as a short barrel under the NFA because it is no longer a firearm in the first place.
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