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A proposed rule change by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) could put millions of gun owners at risk of violating the law.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

The ATF published a notice Thursday that could require millions of AR-15 pistols and similar firearms—which are designed with braces that strap on to a shooter’s forearm—to be either registered, turned in, destroyed, or dismantled. But the standards laid out for determining the devices’ legality, such as caliber or weight, provide no objective measures, and the agency said it may also use undisclosed factors to judge the legality of the devices.

The agency conceded in the notice that some pistol braces are legal and should not be subject to the registration or destruction requirement. It said, however, that it could not provide a blanket determination for which pistols, or braces with which they’re often equipped, are legal and said it would have to examine each gun “on a case-by-case basis.” That means owners of the vast majority of the estimated three to four million AR-15 pistols and similar firearms may have to register with the ATF.

The rule change won’t be officially published until later today. A draft is available here.

Gun rights groups and their allies are already raising fierce opposition.

Second Amendment advocates were up in arms over the proposed rule, saying the uncertain legal status could destroy several businesses that make pistol braces and harm the gun industry. Erich Pratt, senior vice president of Gun Owners of America (GOA), said the subjective nature of the guidance shows that the “ATF has gone off into the deep end.”

“GOA will rally the grassroots to fight these regulations, and if they eventually go into effect, we will commence immediate legal action to protect gun owners,” Pratt said in a statement.

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mwood
mwood
30 days ago

Read the constitution it very plainly says it can not be changed in any way by any means

George Lukens
George Lukens
30 days ago
Reply to  mwood

Nuff’said.

BajaRon
BajaRon
30 days ago
Reply to  mwood

Good luck with that approach. The law also states…
1- Rioting, looting are illegal
2- Entering the country illegally is, well, illegal.
3- Voting more than once is illegal
4- Submitting fraudulent votes are illegal.
5- Legal error rate for voting systems is much less than 1%
6- Destroying evidence (as Hillary and scores of others have done) is illegal.

How much has the law matter in any of these and myriads of other situations where unaccountable persons and agencies are involved?

DG-WTF
DG-WTF
30 days ago
Reply to  mwood

They are no going to give a sh*t , they’ll do it like the bump stocks

Ellen Tolson
Ellen Tolson
30 days ago

ATF must be a bunch of liberals!!!

charlie
charlie
30 days ago
Reply to  Ellen Tolson

ATF Gun Gtabbers, should be transferred to Chicago, Baltimore, NYC etc!

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer
30 days ago
Reply to  charlie

china, russia, NO RETURN ALLOWED!

They want totalitarianism, let them live under it!

Ron Matthews
Ron Matthews
30 days ago
Reply to  Ellen Tolson

ATF are the true “Gestapo” of the criminal leftists like Biden and Harris. Violators of the Constitution, their every action is decidely illegal and unconstitutional. TANSTAAFL

Ron
Ron
30 days ago

What is a ‘AR15 PISTOL?

Michael Boyd
Michael Boyd
30 days ago
Reply to  Ron

10″ barrel I believe

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer
30 days ago
Reply to  Ron

a made up to be scary label.

LiberalTearsAreMyVictory
LiberalTearsAreMyVictory
30 days ago
Reply to  Ron

An AR-15 pistol is an AR-15 that has a barrel shorter than 16 inches, does not have a stock, and is shorter than 26 inches overall. The lack of a stock defines the AR pistol as a pistol.

Flabbergasted
Flabbergasted
30 days ago
Reply to  Ron

It’s just a smaller more compact version. Great for old ladies like me that have a hard time with the long guns