Resolution to Block ATF Pistol Brace Regulation Fails in the United States Senate

On June 22, 2023, H.J. Res 44, which would have blocked the ATF’s prohibition on pistol braces, was killed in the United States Senate on a 49-50 vote. 

​​On June 13, 2023, the US House passed H.J. Resolution 44 by a vote margin of 219-210. This resolution was an effort by Congress to scrap ATF Rule 2021R-08F which significantly broadens the definition of “rifle” as outlined by federal law. Failure to comply with this regulation comes with heavy fines and up to 10 years of prison time. 

“The Senate had the opportunity to do the right thing and strike down an ATF rule that reverses 10 years of precedence,” commented Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “For 10 years pistol brace owners were compliant with the ATF’s direction. And in the blink of an eye, ATF bureaucrats changed their minds creating millions of felons, all without an Act of Congress.”

“The National Association for Gun Rights continues to challenge the Pistol Brace Ban in court,” stated Brown. “We will keep up the fight. The lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans are at stake.”

The Congressional Research Service projects 10 to 40 million stabilizing braces are currently in circulation. Per the ATF’s figures,  250,000 have been registered as of the May 31st deadline.

While this was a small victory for Gun Control Inc, it’s good to see congressional Republicans finally grow a pair and start challenging the ATF’s tyranny. We need more of this kind of energy in Congress, if we want to see our sacred freedoms be fully restored.

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