Late Wednesday night, SD Tactical Arms of Prescott, Arizona announced that they would no longer be selling their popular line of solvent traps because the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shut that line down.
According to the ATF, the solvent traps, which make up a majority of their business, are considered to be suppressor parts.
“As of today the ATF shut down our business of selling solvent traps,” SD Tactical Arms wrote on Facebook. “This is 99% of our income. They have put 3 Veterans, my wife and son out of work. They said I can’t sell freeze plugs. NAPA can’t even sell them to us because they are a suppressor part. They said all I can sell is complete suppressors.”
The company made a plea towards President Donald Trump, urging him to help.
“My plea for help is to make this Viral to the Trump admin, the Trump family and such. I have been put in the street over mindless opinions. I had talked to the ATF in the past and they had no issues. Today they shut us down,” the post reads.
The company has since removed the solvent traps that they had for sale on the website. They still have the NFA-regulated suppressor line listed for sale online.
“If the hearing protection act passes we are good. If not I will probably be out of business,” the company mentioned in the comments.
SD Tactical Arms posted what appears to be a letter from the ATF’s Firearms Industry programs Branch:
“The stated intent of a solvent trap is to catch and trap gun cleaning solvent during bore cleaning operations commonly performed on firearms. Solvent traps do attach to the muzzle of a firearm but do not have any design features intended to allow a bullet to pass through them. Since as originally manufactured they are not intended to silence, muffle or diminish the report of a portable firearm they are not silencers…”
“However, if the solvent trapped (sic) was redesigned or utilized to assemble a device for silencing, muffling or diminishing the report of a portable firearm or if intent was demonstrated to use the device for silencing, muffling or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, the solvent trap would be classified as a “firearm silencer.”