Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter this week to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives opposing its June 7th proposal to require federal registration of firearms with attached “stabilizing braces.”
The stabilizing brace, which attaches to the rear of a pistol and slips around the user’s forearm, may be used for a range of legitimate purposes, including reducing recoil, preventing injury, and allowing individuals to more safely and accurately operate the weapon. Stabilizing braces are used widely, with tens of millions sold throughout the state and nation.
On June 7th, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives published a new notice of proposed rule-making on its website entitled Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached “Stabilizing Braces”. The proposed rule has not yet been published in the Federal Register, and interested parties will have 90 days to comment on the proposed rule once it is published. To comment the ATF recommends that you submit your comments to ATF via the Federal eRulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions. Comments will be posted within a few days of being submitted. However, if large volumes of comments are being processed simultaneously, your comment may not be viewable for up to several weeks. Please keep the comment tracking number that is provided after you have successfully uploaded your comment.
The rule seems aimed at making nearly all configurations of firearms equipped with stabilizing braces subject to the taxation and registration requirements of the National Firearms Act.
AG Paxton argues, "to require their registration with federal officials would not only be time-consuming and cumbersome, but would also impose unnecessary and unconstitutional expense on Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights. "
Read the letter from AG Paxton here
Read the notice from the Bureau here