How to Properly Destroy Firearms
What are ATF’s Acceptable Destruction Procedures?
- Use an oxy/acetylene torch (not band sawed)
- Must remove at least ¼ inch of metal per cut
- Must be made at angles and completely sever the receiver in at least 3 critical locations (specified by model)
Acceptable method of destruction is to completely melt (smelt), shred or crush the firearm receiver. These torch cuts are acceptable alternatives to shredding.
- Must pass through the forward wall or barrel mounting area
- Must pass through the rear wall
- Must pass through an area having a critical fire-control-component mounting pin and/or the slot in which the operating handle reciprocates
An unserviceable firearm is not destroyed and is still regulated as a “firearm” under Federal law. Any method of destruction must render the firearm so that it is not restorable to firing condition and is otherwise reduced to scrap