This year the ATF decided to act on “a petition for rulemaking, dated December 3, 2009, filed on behalf of the National Firearms Act Trade and Collectors Association (NFATCA)” which requested elimination of the CLEO certification requirement. The ATF responded to the NFATCA petition by not just rejecting the NFATCA's proposal to eliminate the troublesome CLEO certifications required of individual NFA item registrants, but by extending these CLEO certification mandate to all “responsible persons” of legal entities (e.g., even a newborn baby who is one of several beneficiaries of an NFA item holding trust).

“Because of the Supreme Court's ruling in Printz,” says John Pierce, co-founder of, “the ATF proposes a rule sure to send Americans on a wild goose chase for CLEO certifications.”