GOA Commits to Fighting DOJ’s Unlawful Regulation on Pistol Braces

June 7th, 2021

For immediate release

GOA Commits to Fighting DOJ’s Unlawful Regulation on Pistol Braces

Springfield, VA – This afternoon, the Justice Department released new proposed regulations surrounding the popular accessory known as a “Pistol Stabilizing Brace.”

“Today’s proposed rulemaking on pistol-braced firearms represents a gross abuse of executive authority,” said Aidan Johnston, Director of Federal Affairs for Gun Owners of America. “Millions of otherwise law-abiding gun owners now will be forced to destroy, register, or surrender their lawfully-acquired pistol-braced firearms.”

Analyzing the proposed rule, it appears that ATF has intentionally designed its Factoring Criteria for Rifled Barrel Weapons with Accessories Commonly Referred to as “Stabilizing Braces”  to effect a complete ban of every pistol-braced firearm currently on the market.

Specifically, ATF proposes to create a “worksheet” to be used to classify firearms as either legal pistols or illegal short-barreled rifles.  Yet under that framework, literally nothing would count as a pistol.

Yet most pistol-braced firearms would fail Section I of the worksheet, because all but the shortest AR-style firearms are over ATF’s new 26-inch limit on a pistol’s maximum length.

Moreover, under Section II, virtually all (if not all) pistol braces on the market—including those previously approved for sale by ATF—would receive more than four allowed “points,” meaning the firearm would be classified as a short-barreled rifle.

And if any firearm and brace happened to make it through to Section III of the worksheet, it would quickly rack up enough additional points that it would be considered an SBR under ATF’s arbitrary standards.

Finally, without even using its worksheet, ATF’s proposed rule would outright ban the use of braces on popular “firearms” such as the Mossberg Shockwave and the Remington TAC 14.

“Gun owners are disgusted by today’s blatant infringement on their right to keep arms by the Biden Administration,” continued Johnston. “Gun Owners of America will work to defeat these unlawful regulations during the comment period or, failing that, through legal action.”

GOA spokespersons are available for interviews. Gun Owners of America is a nonprofit grassroots lobbying organization dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms without compromise. GOA represents over two million members and activists. For more information, visit GOA’s Press Center.


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