The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under pressure from dozens of congressmen, withdrew guidance on a proposed regulation that gun industry leaders warned would cost them billions.
The ATF’s decision to pull its regulation regarding pistol braces follows a cooperative effort from 90 House of Representatives members who demanded the regulatory agency cease its “alarming” determination that “could turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals overnight.”
And roughly 80 firearms manufacturers told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a Saturday phone call that the ATF’s proposal would cost them upwards of $2 billion if it became law, the Washington Free Beacon reported, citing several members of the conversation. It’s unclear how they calculated that figure.
BREAKING: @RepRichHudson and 89 other members of Congress signed a letter opposing ATF’s recent pistol brace guidance. Thank you to all NRA members and gun owners who contacted their members of Congress and demanded they protect #2A.
— NRA (@NRA) December 23, 2020
Pistol braces, which are designed to stabilize a shooter’s arm for one-handed firing, allows a buyer to obtain a rifle-style weapon with a short barrel length without the $200 tax fee and waiting period that a traditional short-barreled rifle would incur, according to Gun News Daily.
The ATF’s regulation would have reclassified weapons with pistol braces based on the weight of the firearm, the caliber, the presence of a secondary grip and other factors that the agency believed would make the weapon more akin to short-barreled rifle.
Reclassification of the devices may make those in possession of weapons with pistol braces owners of short-barreled rifles,