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    Default ATF Just Released Their Brace Ruling

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justi...s-used-convert

    Justice Department Announces New Rule to Address Stabilizing Braces, Accessories Used to Convert Pistols into Short-Barreled Rifles
    Today, the Department of Justice announced it has submitted to the Federal Register the “Stabilizing Braces” Final Rule, which makes clear that when manufacturers, dealers, and individuals use stabilizing braces to convert pistols into rifles with a barrel of less than 16 inches, commonly referred to as a short-barreled rifles, they must comply with the laws that regulate those rifles, including the National Firearms Act (NFA). In April 2021, at an event with President Biden, the Attorney General directed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to address the issue of stabilizing braces.

    “Keeping our communities safe from gun violence is among the Department’s highest priorities,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “Almost a century ago, Congress determined that short-barreled rifles must be subject to heightened requirements. Today’s rule makes clear that firearm manufacturers, dealers, and individuals cannot evade these important public safety protections simply by adding accessories to pistols that transform them into short-barreled rifles.”

    “This rule enhances public safety and prevents people from circumventing the laws Congress passed almost a century ago. In the days of Al Capone, Congress said back then that short-barreled rifles and sawed-off shotguns should be subjected to greater legal requirements than most other guns. The reason for that is that short-barreled rifles have the greater capability of long guns, yet are easier to conceal, like a pistol,” said ATF Director Steven Dettelbach. “But certain so-called stabilizing braces are designed to just attach to pistols, essentially converting them into short-barreled rifles to be fired from the shoulder. Therefore, they must be treated in the same way under the statute.”

    Since the 1930s, the NFA has imposed requirements on short-barreled rifles because they are more easily concealable than long-barreled rifles but have more destructive power than traditional handguns. Beyond background checks and serial numbers, those heightened requirements include taxation and registration requirements that include background checks for all transfers including private transfers. Often, when pistols are converted to rifles by the use of a stabilizing brace covered by the rule, they have barrels less than 16 inches in length and must comply with the same heightened requirements that apply to short-barreled rifles under the NFA.

    The rule goes into effect on the date of publication in the Federal Register. The rule allows for a 120-day period for manufacturers, dealers, and individuals to register tax-free any existing NFA short-barreled rifles covered by the rule. Other options including removing the stabilizing brace to return the firearm to a pistol or surrendering covered short-barreled rifles to ATF. Nothing in this rule bans stabilizing braces or the use of stabilizing braces on pistols.

    On June 7, 2021, the Department of Justice issued a notice of proposed rulemaking, and during the 90-day open comment period, the ATF received more than 237,000 comments.

    The final rule, as submitted to the Federal Register, can be viewed here: https://www.atf.gov/rules-and-regula...ilizing-braces

    To learn more about the rulemaking process, please see: https://www.federalregister.gov/uplo...ng_process.pdf
    See my signature.
    Last edited by KPShooting; January 13th, 2023 at 08:11 PM.
    F*#K THE ATF

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    Default Re: ATF Just Dropped Their Brace Ruling

    So we're a nation of rules, not laws?
    Accuse your enemy of what you are doing as you are doing it to create confusion -Karl Marx

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    Default Re: ATF Just Dropped Their Brace Ruling

    so time for the lawsuits to start flying

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    Default Re: ATF Just Dropped Their Brace Ruling

    When you said dropped, i thought you meant gave up. That could have been worded better.

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    Default Re: ATF Just Dropped Their Brace Ruling

    Rule goes into effect 120 days after publication in the Federal Register. It was submitted today, I can*t find any timing as to when it will be published. Or does this constitute publishing?

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    Default Re: ATF Just Dropped Their Brace Ruling

    C'mon man I got three words for their rules.

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    Default Re: ATF Just Dropped Their Brace Ruling

    Quote Originally Posted by JaySmith View Post
    When you said dropped, i thought you meant gave up. That could have been worded better.
    True. Can a mod edit the title?
    F*#K THE ATF

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    Default Re: ATF Just Dropped Their Brace Ruling

    Compliance Date: Any weapons with *stabilizing braces* or similar attachments that
    constitute rifles under the NFA must be registered no later than [INSERT DATE 120
    DAYS AFTER DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER].

    I'm guessing the date is today.

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    Default Re: ATF Just Dropped Their Brace Ruling

    what happens if you take off the brace and leave the buffer tube on something like an ak?

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    Default Re: ATF Just Dropped Their Brace Ruling

    After more searching and based on wording below pretty sure it*s not 120 days from today, which is only the submission date.


    Please note that this is the text of the final rule as signed by the Attorney General, but the official version of the final rule will be as it is published in the Federal Register. The rule will go into effect once it is published in the Federal Register.

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