Monday, June 30, 2014

Comment period, ATF Form 6NIA (Visitors with Firearms Entering the USA)

ATF Form 6NIA

This is the form used by visitors to the USA who target shoot and or hunt and wish to temporarily import firearms and ammunition.  Without getting into to much detail, they cannot sell the firearm and they must depart with the firearm and ammunition every time they leave the USA.

The form has been out of date for the past few years, as it does not address the changes to the law in regard to non-VISA Nonimmigrants Aliens, which would include the vast majority of Canadians that shoot in the USA each year. 
The present form list requirements that are higher then U.S. federal law requires.  Hunting license and/or shoot invitation are not required under present law for non-VISA holders and this is not reflected in the current ATF Form 6NIA.

A comment period was issued for proposed changes/input by the government two months ago.

However, a decision on changes to the temporary import form used to bring firearms/ammunition in the USA has been put off until after July 23, 2014, as the comment period was extended for 30 days.

This what I THINK we will see at some point and is one of the written proposals posted by the governing agency:

Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who
are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated,
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of
responses.

What that means in english?  We can only guess, but it looks like you will be able to fill out the form on-line and receive it back via the internet!   Unlike the PDF that you may either mail, Fax or email, the on-line version will go directly to the ATF when you click send.  At some point you will receive an approved form by email attachment or be notified to access an account and download.

I will also PRESUME that current law will be reflected in a newly issued form.

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As this is a request for comments, this is what I submitted to ATF as a suggested change.

1.  Do away with the one year renewal requirement for ATF Form 6NIA (5330.3D) for non-VISA visitors.  A new application submitted only when document information changes.  Presently, renewals are required each year.

OR

2.  Do away with ATF Form 6NIA (5330.3D) for non-VISA visitors and allow for non-VISA visitors to document firearms and ammunition on U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form 4457. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is already verifying firearm/ammunition information upon each entry (to include immigration status) and thus having the non-VISA visitor fill out a Form 4457 on initial entry will be cost effective, as the ATF From 6NIA will not need to be processed for non-visa visitors.

May I add, U.S. citizens routinely fill out Form 4457 to document high value merchandise, as well as firearms, thus not adding to U.S. Customs and Border Protection workload.

I think they already know what they want to do, and the comment period is just a formality, but!

In any case sometime by the new year the shooting community will be seeing a new ATF Form 6NIA.  We can only hope for the best!

59th Canadian Trap Shooting Championships

Club de tir l'Acadie * Montréal Anglers and Hunters (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec)

59th Canadian Trapshooting Championships

 
I shot on Friday and Saturday and ran around with cameras on Sunday.  I had a very good time and met a lot of nice people who I had not had the pleasure of meeting prior to the shoot.
 
The club had a large commercial type tent put up to give room enough to handle shoot registrations and posting of scores.  I had pre-squadded and processing through the line went without a hitch.

My squads started on time and except for a machine problem on Friday, no issues with targets or voice release.  The machine that gave us a problem was replaced.  No delay for the squad, as they moved us to the next field.  The squad on that field had finished early and we only had one round to shoot, so we got to finish up without delay and the next squad only saw a delay of a few minutes.

I had not been shooting trap well for sometime and could not figure out the reason.  I would hit ten in a row and then miss 4 out of 5.  Bad enough I flinch every now and then, but just missing for no obvious reason starts to play on the mind . 
I was messing around Saturday mounting my gun between rounds and during the last 50 I grabbed a hex wrench and added length to my stock, as I figured out I was not getting a consisted mount with the length I was using, sometimes moving my head back after I mounted the gun. Shot a 24 in the last round.  I guess as you get older it takes longer to figure out such things  :  )

Very hot (90 degrees / 30 centigrade).  One of those weeks where a slight breeze or wind is appreciated.   Saying that, depending on the field, doubles targets were challenging for some. Wind and doubles is like mixing oil and water!

The club had two dining areas set up.  The day-to-day one in the club house and a temporary one near where the bunker traps are located.  At the end of the line near where the club had designated  practice traps.

The club had plenty of help on hand and overall the kids working the shoot did an excellent job (as well as the adults).  A couple of hiccups here and there on the line, but resolved quickly.

The Canadian results are NOT posted. The software used for the shoot was not up to the task at hand and there was issues.

Don't know officially (don't want to go there) what the software issues were, but I did see old fashioned figuring out shoot-offs on paper for Sunday being done.  Just before I left I was promised results from someone that can be trusted, so just a matter of time.

When I receive them or become aware of a link to same I will send out a notice to those on my Google Groups mailing list (and put up a blog posting) so you don't have to keep checking the video/photo webpage.

The club had issues with local ordinances in regard to when shooting must stop each day.  There was talk of the club being fined for shooting past the allocated times.  I did see  police at the club Sunday at 5pm. A fine of $3,500 (or more depending on how calculated) was quoted by some. 

Three videos posted (singles, doubles, handicap), plus photos.

Photos & Video:
http://www.losttarget.com/s/2014/2014TrapCanadian/

My favorite video is the singles event if your only going to view one!

I've been playing around with slow motion for the past few shoots and I hope I didn't go overboard, but thought the slow motion shots in the video looked pretty neat!

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UPDATE

All scores posted.

http://www.losttarget.com/s/2014/resultatsCompetition1.pdf


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

North Country Sporting Clays Classic @ 1000 Islands

An early start to the day, as a three hour drive to the 1000 Islands Sportsmen's Club. The club is located in Redwood, New York near the Canada border.  We arrived a little after 9am and shooters were already on the course.

A six person squad as we squadded with three shooters from Canada.


The temperature was in the low 70's.  A slight breeze.  Thanks to the breeze, bug spray was not needed.  A bit muddy in spots and sneakers were not the best choice of footwear.

A wide verity of target presentations.  A few stations in open areas, but stations were mostly located in wooded areas.

More then enough help seemed to be on hand.

Shoot VIDEO & PHOTOS

On the return we stopped to purchase strawberries from a road side stand.  Turns out the berries were grown by the Amish.  A large number of Amish can be found in this part of the state.  Don't know there farming practices, but the berries tasted great!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 14 @ the Vermont State Trap Shoot

Montpelier Gun Club, Berlin, Vermont.
 

Yep, that's a shot curtain in the background.  Protects a small river.  The only downside to the shot curtain is it doesn't' run the entire length of the club.  The curtain makes for a consistent background and targets pop, and for me anyway, easy to pick up.


The view to the right of the shot curtain!

Rained hard in the days leading up to the shoot.  I shot on Saturday, no rain, but overcast for most of the day, the sun did finally came out. A slight wind picking up in the PM.

As I previously posted, powder was not available, but other reloading components were available, as well as ammunition.

I got the impression that attendance was down a bit, but a well attended shoot. Small club atmosphere (that's good).

Singles consisted of 200 targets.  100 in the AM and 100 in the PM.  50 targets per field.

We had smooth sailing in the AM and PM.  A fast moving squad, but not over doing it.  No problems with voice release or targets.  Squads moved smoothly and no waiting for the second field to become available.

Shoot Photos & Video

For those following my various posting about my 1100.  Not one failure to feed or failure to fire.  I didn't clean the gun between 100's. I attended a sporting clays shoot the week previously and no problems to report from that shoot either.  The gun is presently torn down, covered in BreakFree.  I usually let it sit for 24 hours before wiping down the parts and putting it back together.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

No powder at the Vermont State Trap shoot

A friend asked me to see if PB powder could be had at the Vermont State Championship Trapshoot as he knew I would be shooting on Saturday.

No powder of any sorts to be had.  Primers, lead, and wads a plenty, but no powder.

Didn't look closely at what shotgun ammunition was for sale, but saw stacks of it.  I picked up several cases of Fiocchi shells.