ATF Pistol Stabilizing Brace Re-Classification
(Photo by Scott Baxter)

The latest gun control bomb dropped last week with the official publication of the ATF Notice for pistol brace re-classification. With around 4 million of the previously ATF-approved pistol stabilizing braces (PSB) in circulation, the notice reeks of regulation sparked by the oncoming Biden-Harris White House. In that regard, it brings the ominous undertones of impending doom for the PSB as we know it. Nonetheless, the ATF is taking comment before it makes its final decision.

ATF Solicits Public Comment on Pistol Brace Re-Classification

The ATF solicits comments from now through Jan. 4. Yes, it even opened for comment over the holidays—how nice of the ATF. The National Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF) is also asking for comments. The NSSF seeks gun owners and businesses voice industry concerns. Above all, the NSSF suggested responses should be professional and thoughtful; this isn’t the place to rant and rave.

NSSF Suggested Comments for Industry Professionals

  • What does this rule mean to your company?
  • How much do arm braces contribute to your annual sales?
  • What questions do you have regarding the objective factors?
  • How could the objective factors be made specific and concrete to help remove subjectivity in the classification process?
  • What are your concerns with mandating the registration of stabilizing braces under the NFA?

Please send your responses to Elizabeth McGuigan at [email protected]. The NSSF strongly encourages you to provide professional, constructive comments. To comment, visit the online portal.

ATF Comments for the General Public

The comments are not merely limited to industry representatives. Gun owners may also submit comments in one of three ways:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: ATF will receive comments to ATF via the Federal eRulemaking portal at Retain your comment tracking number after successfully uploading comments.
  • Mail: Send written comments to: Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Ave. NE, Mail Stop 6N-518, Washington, DC 20226; ATTN: ATF 2020R-10. Write in minimum 12-point type. Include first and last name, along with full mailing address, signed.
  • Facsimile: Submit comments by facsimile transmission to (202) 648-9741. Faxed comments must: 12-point font minimum type, 8 1/2″x11″ paper. Signed, contain first and last name, full mailing address. Faxed entries max out at five pages long.

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