Late last week, Merrick Garland and the ATF released their final pistol brace rule . . . it’s bad, really bad.
The new rule, which is 290+ pages of Big Government nonsense, is likely to result in any AR-15 style pistol with a brace to be considered an SBR (short-barreled rifle), and thus subject to the tyrannical rules and regulations of the ATF and the National Firearms Act.
This could affect as many as 40 million gun owners!
Registration, confiscation, taxes, imprisonment. The whole nine yards!
According to the new rule, there will be a 120-day “amnesty” period where you can destroy or surrender your firearms, but after that, you’re a criminal if you don’t comply.
If you’d like to read through the 293-page rule, feel free to do so here.
Make no mistake about it, this is law-making without going through Congress. It’s blatantly unconstitutional.
So where do we go from here?
Our sources on Capitol Hill tell us there are multiple pieces of legislation and letters being drafted to address this new rule, and we’ll be supporting all efforts in Congress to roll it back.
Congress could repeal the new pistol brace rule by passing a “Congressional Review Act” joint resolution by both the House and the Senate.
But with Chuck Schumer in control of the Senate, there’s little chance of passing the resolution there, let alone getting Joe Biden to sign it.
Most likely, this tyrannical new rule will be challenged in court in the coming months.
The details of this legal action and whether we’ll be filing a standalone federal lawsuit, joining with another organization in a joint lawsuit, or using Amicus briefs are still being worked out.
But if we’re going to overturn this tyrannical new ATF rule, we’re going to need everyone to jump on board.
Gun owners have shown over and over again that when we fight these battles together, we can win.
Help us overturn this tyranny . . .
Chris Dorr, President
American Firearms Association