GOA Leads Two Industry Coalition Letters to House Leadership Urging Action on Pistol Braces


May 19, 2023

Washington, D.C. — Today, Gun Owners of America (GOA) led two coalition letters from the Second Amendment Action Alliance and the No Compromise Alliance to Speaker McCarthy and other members of House leadership urging them to pass a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to block the Biden Pistol Brace Ban. The Second Amendment Action Alliance represents numerous online influencers with a combined following of over 30 million viewers. The No Compromise Alliance represents various members within the firearms trade industry. Notably, this is GOA’s largest industry coalition effort to date.

The Biden Pistol Brace Ban will take full effect on June 1st, and owners of pistol braces have until that date to turn in, register, or destroy their lawfully owned braces. After that date, those in possession of an unregistered pistol brace could face felony charges and a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Researchers estimate that 10-40 million of these braces are in circulation.

While a resolution of disapproval would likely face a veto from President Biden, it would still force vulnerable Democratic Senators to go on the record as to whether they support turning their own constituents into felons simply for owning one of these braces. If the resolution passed both chambers of Congress, it would also send a strong message to the judges currently weighing court challenges that argue the ATF went beyond their authority with this rulemaking. Gun Owners of America is co-leading one of the lawsuits challenging the rule with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, issued the following statement:     

“When an administration moves to renounce prior guidance and suddenly outlaw tens of millions of lawfully-owned products, Congress must step in and make clear that this is a question for the people’s representatives, not unelected bureaucrats equipped with a pen. We urge the House to pass H. J. Res. 44, a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to block this rule before its June 1st effective date. Without action, millions of law-abiding citizens stand to become felons overnight.”  

Aidan Johnston, GOA’s Director of Federal Affairs, added:   

“Whether by his calls to ban semiautomatic weapons or his multiple executive actions to ban homemade guns or pistol braces, President Biden has made it clear that he has no respect for the Second Amendment or the millions of citizens who cherish the right guaranteed by it. We urge Speaker McCarthy to get H. J. Res. 44 to the floor and passed before ATF starts putting gun owners in jail for keeping their pistols on June 1st.” 

GOA spokesmen 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.