Posted BY: Parker McCumber
Since The Federal Register published the ATF’s final rule to restrict stabilizing pistol braces on January 31st, dozens of states as well as many private organizations have launched legal battles against the ATF claiming the new rule is unconstitutional. Luckily, the recent overturn of the “bump stock ban” sets a strong legal precedent to quickly overturn the new stabilizing brace restriction.
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A pistol brace is an accessory that was originally designed to facilitate disabled veterans the ability to effectively operate a pistol with one hand. According to the ATF’s final rule, the additional surface area provided by a stabilizing pistol brace now classifies these firearms as a short-barreled rifle (SBR), which requires them to be registered and for new purchases to face a long waiting period and additional tax under the National Firearms Act (NFA). This arbitrary policy shift infringes upon the rights of law-abiding citizens by reclassifying an accessory that had been previously legal and unrestricted.