There seems to be no area of gun legislation that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) doesn’t stick its neck into.
From bump stocks to clip size to background checks, the ATF and federal agencies are there nosing around. They’re making sure they cut up the Second Amendment as much as possible.
The ongoing debate over pistol braces is now moving along. Meanwhile, gun rights advocates are worried about what happens next.
At this time, over 200,000 comments that were input are being considered on stabilizing braces so that final decisions can be made.
How Long Will the Comment Consideration Take?
Taking a look at this huge amount of comments will take an estimated four months. At issue here is whether stabilizing braces will be restricted and have oversight under federal legislation.
If they end up having these kind of regulations imposed, then it will put them under a similar category as short-barrel rifles. This then leads to needing specific permission to have a stabilizing brace.
It also includes a $200 cost per weapon that you use a brace on. As you can imagine, gun owners are not thrilled about this potential development.
I’m guessing the majority of the comments are speaking in favor of keeping braces unregulated. The Department of Justice will be shuffling through all these comments and needs a minimum of four months to get it done.
Meanwhile, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is saying it will be responding to what the DOJ decides.
— SharpShooters USA (@ShrpShootersUSA) September 20, 2021
Lawsuit Against the ATF
The reason these comments are part of the process is the SAF, along with a gun company and two people, is suing the ATF.
As the head of the SAF, Alan Gottlieb says this case brings up various problems with the new proposed brace rules. Moreover, they were attempted to be shoved through at the last minute, bypassing Congress to try to recategorize and restrict stabilizing braces.
Two of the people who are signing on to this lawsuit are physically disabled and arguing in favor of not regulating braces. After all, the initial purpose of this technology is to make shooting easier for people who are disabled.
Since that time, they’ve been expanded to be for shooting in general and over two million are in circulation.
However, it’s clear that the ATF’s attempt to slot these under National Firearms Act regulations is also an assault on disabled people. The ATF truly has no shame.
Pistol braces don't increase firepower in any way. They can increase accuracy. So they are public safety devices.
— Hard Money (@planethardmoney) September 22, 2021
The Future the ATF Wants
The ATF wants a future of heavily regulated guns. They want you shelling out $200 and filling out all sorts of forms just to use a stabilizing brace.
It’s good that groups such as SAF are taking them on, because these corrupt bureaucrats thrive on apathy.
If we don’t stand up for our constitutional rights now, then they will be taken away.