Tens of millions of law-abiding Americans are risking the potential of becoming felons overnight, thanks to a new rule by the ATF that effectively bans pistol braces.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has released their final revision to their long-standing ruling on pistol stabilizing braces, which would effectively turn 10,000,000-40,000,000 braced pistol owners into individuals unlawfully possessing a Short Barreled Rifle, a violation of the Prohibition-era National Firearms Act.
The banning of pistol braces has been a back-and-forth affair since the early 2020s, reigniting what was a settled matter for over a decade. The move was based on a request by President Joe Biden to change regulations regarding both pistol braces and unfinished firearms frames/receivers.
According to Ammoland.com, the ATF opened a comment period for citizens, returning with mostly negative commentary ranging from 250,000 to 300,000 responses.
It is believed the new ruling will have a so-called “amnesty period” that will allow braced-firearms owners to register and photograph their firearms as Short Barreled Rifles and Short Barreled Shotguns (SBRs and SBSs, respectively), as well as submit a $200 tax stamp to comply with the ATF’s new definition.
The move is incredibly unpopular amongst gun rights advocates, who cite not only contemporary Supreme Court Rulings that rule the decision unconstitutional, but also imply that registering previously legal firearms subverts the principles and the core point of the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States (E.G., registering common-use firearms with the very sort of powers the Second Amendment was designed to protect citizens against).
In a video posted to YouTube today, Anthony Miranda, a Second Amendment Attorney with the Firearms Policy Coalition outlined the matter.
The final ruling on braces is now being pushed forward to President Biden, who is expected to sign off on the matter.
Multiple advocacy groups are actively working to submit lawsuits to challenge the pending ruling.
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