January 13, 2023
In April of 2021, Merrick Garland, the Attorney General, stated that the ATF would examine stabilizing braces and address their use. The result of this was a proposed rule on June 7, 2021, regarding the regulation of stabilizing braces.
Final Rule 2021R-08F states that any pistol equipped with a stabilizing brace is now an SBR and, therefore, must be registered under the requirements of the National Firearms Act (NFA). Once posted to the Federal Register, the rule allows for 120 days for manufacturers, dealers, and individuals to register their braced pistols as SBRs or remove the stabilizing brace.
The Director of the ATF, Steve Dettelbach, had this to say, “This rule enhances public safety and prevents people from circumventing the laws Congress passed almost a century ago. In the days of Al Capone, Congress said back then that short-barreled rifles and sawed-off shotguns should be subjected to greater legal requirements than most other guns. The reason for that is that short-barreled rifles have the greater capability of long guns yet are easier to conceal, like a pistol. But certain so-called stabilizing braces are designed to just attach to pistols, essentially converting them into short-barreled rifles to be fired from the shoulder. Therefore, they must be treated in the same way under the statute.”
How many Americans were just turned into felons by this rule? Free countries don’t turn their citizens into felons based on arbitrary definitions. This is an unconstitutional attempt by the Biden Administration, Merrick Garland, the Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to change Federal law through executive fiat.