Like Clockwork, the AFT (pun intended) has announced their desire to go after pistol stabilizing braces yet again. A pistol stabilizing brace is a piece of metal or plastic that attaches to the back of a pistol like an AR or AK pistol, to help the shooter stabilize when shooting.
These devices were originally developed to help people with disabilities shoot their guns with greater accuracy.
The ATF recently (back in October, 2020) said similar things. They opened up for a comment period and were eventually stopped when a group of senators sent the ATF a letter telling them to stop.
Just a little while ago the ATF announced that they’re: Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached “Stabilizing Braces”
Their page went on to say the following:
What is Proposed in this Rulemaking?
The proposed rule would:
Amend the definition of “rifle” in 27 CFR 478.11 and 479.11, respectively, by adding a sentence at the end of each definition to clarify that the term “rifle” includes any weapon with a rifled barrel and equipped with an attached “stabilizing brace” that has objective design features and characteristics that indicate that the firearm is designed to be fired from the shoulder.
Set forth a worksheet “Factoring Criteria for Rifled Barrel Weapons with Accessories commonly referred to as ‘Stabilizing Braces,’” ATF Worksheet 4999, to aid the firearms industry and public in understanding the criteria that ATF considers when evaluating firearm samples that are submitted with an attached “stabilizing brace” or similar component or accessory.
This proposed rule would not affect “stabilizing braces” that are objectively designed and intended as a “stabilizing brace” for use by individuals with disabilities, and not for shouldering the weapon as a rifle. Such stabilizing braces are designed to conform to the arm and not as a buttstock.
When the comment period opens we must all do our part to let them know what we think of their infringement.
This is NOT, I repeat NOT the same as the thing we all participated in commenting on last year. They’ve said that those comments do NOT apply.
If you’re against this, you MUST re-comment your thoughts.
I suspect that the reason why the previous comments aren’t allowed to stay is because they tried to listen to when we all said that people with disabilities need these things to shoot guns.
They basically took that part out, and now want to see where we all stand. My opinion, anyway.
When the commenting period opens we’ll have 90 days to submit comments. Let us also not forget that we need to comment on their other infringements, as well.
It’s time to stand together my friends. Let’s do this.