GOA’s Injunction Against ATF’s Pistol Brace Rule Extended Until Case Is Settled

The MCX pistol with folding brace is super compact and easy to carry. IMG Jim Grant

Gun Owners of America’s (GOA) preliminary injunction against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) rule on pistol stabilizing devices (Final Rule 2021R-08F) has been extended until the conclusion of the case.

The case, State of Texas v. ATF, was bought by GOA, Gun Owners Foundation (GOF), and the state of Texas to challenge the ATF rule that reversed years of determinations surrounding pistols equipped with stabilizing devices. The ATF’s new rule reclassified most pistols with stabilizing braces to short-barreled rifles (SBRs), meaning the firearms would be regulated under the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA). It required owners of these guns to register the firearms with the ATF, submit to additional background checks, hand over passport pictures, and provide fingerprints.

If the gun owners don’t want to register the pistol, the ATF gives them four choices. The first choice is to turn over the pistol to law enforcement. The second is to install a barrel greater than 16 inches. The third is to remove the brace and make it so it can never be installed again. The final choice is to



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