Most everyone agrees that the ATF is in trouble from their checkered past to the new regulations over accessories like bump stocks. On December 22, 2020, Breitbart News informed readers that the ATF had posted guidance for AR pistol reclassification to the Federal Register. They are neither designed nor intended to be fired from the shoulder. In a 16 page draft copy of proposed rulemaking/guidance specifying "Objective Factors for Classifying Stablizing Braces", the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has proposed entering into rulemaking to delineate the objective factors considered when "evaluating firearms with an attached stabilizing brace to determine whether … U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz announced on his podcast "Hot Takes with Matt Gaetz" the ATF is crafting new rules concerning pistol braces. You are currently reading "ATF Withdraws Pistol Brace Guidance", entry #26486 on The Captain's Journal.This article is filed under the category(s) BATFE and was published December 23rd, 2020 by Herschel Smith. He articulated plans to restructure the ATF and other Justice Department agencies to “most-effectively secure our gun laws,” adding plans to secure efficient funding for the Department of Justice to “effectively enforce our existing gun laws, increase the frequency of inspections of firearms dealers, and repeal riders that get in the way of that work.” The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) withdrew the guidance on its proposed AR pistol reclassification Wednesday. With a Biden administration probable and a Republican majority in the Senate undetermined until the Georgia Runoffs on Jan. 5, the ATF could be passing the buck to the White House in hopes an executive order or legislative push could accomplish the same goal. It opens up the possibility of more aggressive action being taken by the incoming Biden administration. ATF Pistol Brace Ruling May Be Trojan Horse For Biden Administration ... 2020 Andy Hogue. ATF Pistol Brace Reversal Political Move, 60-Day Suspension of Honey Badger Decision, Photo by @the_official_q. w.ldAdInit.push({ Other comments focused on the possibility that certain pistols with a stabilizing brace would fall under a vague, default category, thereby opening manufacturers, sellers, and gun owners alike to federal prosecution and expensive litigation. 2nd AmendmentPoliticsATFDemocrat Gun Controlgun control. Throughout two presidential administrations, the ATF wavered on how to classify this innovation, as well as the maximum length for concealable barrels and what exactly constitutes “illegal shouldering.” See a recap here. On November 18, 2020, Breitbart News reported that the ATF was working with President-Elect Joe Biden to go after AR pistols with stabilizer braces. So, the ATF released a statement that said shouldering a pistol brace would make your pistol an SBR, which is illegal: "Consequently, the attachment of the SB-15 brace to an AR-type pistol alone; would not change the classification of the pistol to an SBR. Other comments focused on the possibility that certain pistols with a stabilizing brace would fall under a vague, default category, thereby opening manufacturers, sellers, and gun owners alike to federal prosecution and expensive litigation. But having a checklist of 10 factors, some of which may apply, and some may not, and leaving that to be decided on the spot, that is too unpredictable and nearly impossible for any law-abiding gun owner to comply with.” ATF Pistol Brace Reversal Political Move, 60-Day Suspension of Honey Badger Decision, Photo by @the_official_q. Gun Control Trojan Horse Proposed guidance regulating AR-15 pistols is touching off anger among Second Amendment activists and sparking controversy. While the ending of public comments and withdrawal of the guidance seems like a victory, the issue is still pending the Department of Justice review, according to the ATF statement. Did shouldering a weapon really mean that weapon should be reclassified as an SBR? The ATF, evidently, is not indicating that the mere presence of a brace on a pistol automatically converts the firearm into one under the purview of the National Firearms Act." “A law-abiding gun owner who wishes to comply with the law is never given an objective set of standards, such as whether their firearm with a brace is classified a short-barrel rifle or not,” Rathner said. But before we get into this radical new ruling, I need to explain how we got there. In 2012, the pistol brace took the shooting community by storm as it gave those wishing to avoid the otherwise-required federal paperwork, or who prefer a way to legally build carbines with barrels less than 16 inches, a cost-effective and perfectly legal option. That’s a good start, but we still need gun owners and Second Amendment supporters to add their voice to the … In other words, it’s not as easy to impose a rule on the American people as it once was. } Early commenters on the proposed changes to the pistol brace guidelines called the new criteria “arbitrary” and “subjective” rather than objective, fact-based determinations. j.id = i; Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. The Q LLC Honey Badger pistol, which fires the .300 blackout cartridge, sports a barrel length under 16 inches and uses a pistol arm brace, which traditionally allowed a firearm to be classified as a pistol under ATF guidelines, even though it is visually similar to a rifle, according to the letter.. America’s 700,000 owners of pistol braces received a gift from an unlikely source the day before Christmas Eve. This article originally appeared in International Sportsman. Published in Bearing Arms By: Cam Edwards. Interested in more national news? Copyright © 2021 The Hayride. As explained in the notice, the proposed guidance was not a regulation. Pistol braces became a favorite among gun owners with disabilities who find it difficult to handle and fire a rifle of conventional length. Rathner described the NFA as “a complete disaster; a terrible statute that should be repealed in its entirety, including the Hughes Amendment.” As of late December 2020, much has been written and said about a recent set of proposed rules for pistol braces by the ATF. At least publicly. The withdrawal of the guidance came hours after U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-North Carolina) and 89 other Congress members sent a letter to the ATF demanding that the bureau “immediately take action to correct this injustice.”. The “injustice,” as we previously reported, was that the proposed guidelines were confusing to owners as well as vendors and could potentially lead to felony charges. Mrgunsngear has a comprehensive rundown on his YouTube channel . Throughout two presidential administrations, the ATF wavered on how to classify this innovation, as well as the maximum length for concealable barrels and what exactly constitutes “illegal shouldering.” See a recap here. On August 3, 2020, gun maker Q received a cease-and-desist letter from the agency regarding its Honeybadger AR pistol. }); The leadership at the ATF almost assuredly wishes to enhance firearm regulation and the incoming Presidential administration is the most rabidly anti-gun in American history. 2020 has brought no shortage of unwelcome surprises, including a few from […] However, the gift may be a Trojan horse we’re finding out closer to New Year’s Day. The ATF, Rathner said, started out more as a tax collection agency but has morphed into a regulatory entity with an aggressive enforcement arm. … My guess is this is far from the end of the matter,” Rathner added. “If the ATF came up with specific criteria — if you have a firearm that has a barrel length of more than this or less than that, or a specific length of pull, or if it weighs over a specific amount — then a citizen could comply with that. October 26, 2020 Why a Former Employee Testified Against the ATF in a Pistol Brace Case When a disabled veteran put a cane tip on the end of a pistol brace, the ATF went after him, compelling a former employee to deliver expert testimony. But the nature of federal agencies is not to let the populous determine that, which has resulted in many absurd decisions by both federal rule-makers and agents in the field. Submitted by: Frank Nedza. So, letters from the industry and from private gun owners were drafted and sent to the ATF asking them to disavow this position. This pursuit resulted in the ATF being posed to reevaluate and reclassify a number of AR pistols with stabilizer braces, placing them under the same registration and taxation rules as suppressors, machine guns, short-barreled shotguns, and short-barreled rifles. … Unfortunately, I think this will be held over for a Biden administration and it will end up being worse for law-abiding gun owners. The “injustice,” as we previously reported, was that the proposed guidelines were confusing to owners as well as vendors and could potentially lead to felony charges. “And, special thanks to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Congressman Hudson for taking the lead in pushing ATF to rethink its arbitrary and unhelpful ‘guidance.’”. if (!d.getElementById(i)) { Until this year, that is. Submitted by: Frank Nedza. According to Gaetz’s letter, BATFE has begun enforcement of a standard that declares brace-equipped pistols with a length-of-pull of more than 13.5 inches are SBRs. The proposal seeks to evaluate AR pistol with braces on a case by case bases. if (!checkUDM()) { Angry politicians started crying foul over the Sig shoulder brace saga. “We would like to thank the NRA members, gun owners, and members of Congress who stood up for the Second Amendment rights of all Americans,” a press release from NRA-ILA stated. On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, the NRA announced that the ATF had withdrawn the guidance for its proposed AR pistol reclassification: JUST IN: The ATF withdrew its guidance on pistol stabilizing braces. ATF Pistol Brace Ruling May Be Trojan Horse For Biden Administration December 31st, 2020 Andy Hogue America’s 700,000 owners of pistol braces received a … Score one for the vox populi — for now, at least. “A law-abiding gun owner who wishes to comply with the law is never given an objective set of standards, such as whether their firearm with a brace is classified a short-barrel rifle or not,” Rathner said. On Dec. 23, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) announced it was withdrawing a notice and request for comments regarding stabilizing braces, titled “Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with ‘Stabilizing Braces.’” These braces are devices that replace buttstocks and are designed and intended only for use as forearm supports to provide a more stable firearm platform. if (!checkUDM()) { })(window, document, "script", "ld-ajs"); If a buttstock (a device designed to allow the firearm to be fired from the shooter’s shoulder) were added to the same firearm instead of a pistol brace… by the Shoot On staff. "We understand that ATF is currently considering restricting one arm brace model owned by over 700,000 Americans," Congressman Gaetz writes along with six other members of … However, the gift may be a Trojan horse we’re finding out closer to New Year’s Day. You can still shoulder a pistol brace. googletag.cmd.push(function() { The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) just announced that it is redefining a pistol that was approved during the Obama years, turning untold numbers of gun owners into felons over night. Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting. It is unusual for information about talks between a … The requirement for public comments will likely change under a Biden administration. j.async = true; The pistol braces acceptance will be based on a set of criteria by the ATF. The withdrawal of the guidance came hours after U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-North Carolina) and 89 other Congress members sent a letter to the ATF demanding that the bureau “immediately take action to correct this injustice.” Therefore, it fell under the NFA, and all owners would need to register with the ATF. w.ldAdInit = w.ldAdInit || []; “This episode is an example of an agency that can’t tell left from right, or black from white, they issue a statement informing us of the subjective criteria they are using and ask for comment when the plan is to just proceed. Proposed guidance regulating AR-15 pistols is touching off anger among Second Amendment activists and sparking controversy. But for now, the ATF is playing it safe by punting. if (!checkUDM()) { } }); With a Biden administration probable and a Republican majority in the Senate undetermined until the Georgia Runoffs on Jan. 5, the ATF could be passing the buck to the White House in hopes an executive order or legislative push could accomplish the same goal. ATF Continues Rogue Assault on Common Pistols, Rule of Law Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. "Modern society will shame you for earning money, shame you for being happy, shame you for being raised well, shame you for having children, and ultimately, shame you for existing. It isn’t just religion that controls you by declaring you a sinner.". This article, and its headlines, remain as published. Early commenters on the proposed changes to the pistol brace guidelines called the new criteria “arbitrary” and “subjective” rather than objective, fact-based determinations. Gaetz said he and six of his congressional colleagues have sent a letter to the acting ATF director, Regina Lombardo, and Atty. The comments process can be fierce and could draw more attention than what the agency would prefer. Possible (likely) ruling by ATF would make existing firearms with arm braces NFA weapons subject to registration and taxation. But having a checklist of 10 factors, some of which may apply, and some may not, and leaving that to be decided on the spot, that is too unpredictable and nearly impossible for any law-abiding gun owner to comply with.”. 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Most everyone agrees that the ATF is in trouble from their checkered past to the new regulations over accessories like bump stocks. He articulated plans to restructure the ATF and other Justice Department agencies to “most-effectively secure our gun laws,” adding plans to secure efficient funding for the Department of Justice to “effectively enforce our existing gun laws, increase the frequency of inspections of firearms dealers, and repeal riders that get in the way of that work.”. Pistol braces became a favorite among gun owners with disabilities who find it difficult to handle and fire a rifle of conventional length. As of late December 2020, much has been written and said about a recent set of proposed rules for pistol braces by the ATF. Speculation aside, what we know for sure is that the ATF has to date been relatively quiet about their criteria for determining what is an NFA item, possibly to comply with the Donald Trump administration’s order that changes to all federal agency rules be printed in the Federal Register and subject to public comments. AR Pistol Brace Confusion. On that same day, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) and 89 other U.S. Reps. sent a letter to the ATF demanding they reverse course and correct the “injustice” of reclassifying AR pistols. var j = d.createElement(s), They are neither designed nor intended to be fired from the shoulder. UPDATE, Dec. 23, 2020: Several days after publication of this story, the ATF withdrew its Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with “Stabilizing Braces” guidance. 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