Federal Law on Personalized & Owner-Authorized Firearms

Posted on May 21, 2012

Federal law does not set any safety or design standards for domestically manufactured firearms. Most consumer products are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), established in 1972 by the Consumer Product Safety Act. The statutory definition of the term “consumer product,” however, specifically excludes firearms and ammunition.1 (Note that locking devices for firearms are not, by themselves, exempt, and therefore the CPSC has the authority to adopt national safety standards for locking devices. It has not done so. Additional information about locking devices is contained in the section on Locking Devices.) Accordingly, the CPSC currently has no authority to require gun manufacturers to produce personalized guns or otherwise improve the safety of their products.

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  1. 15 U.S.C. § 2052(a)(1)(ii)(E). []