(TheRedWire.com) – House Republicans this week are going to try and block the Biden administration’s new rule that would increase the regulations on pistol stabilizing braces. They have further stated the rule is an “abuse” of federal authority.
The rule called Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached Stabilizing Braces, took effect on Jan. 31 upon its finalization by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF). According to this new rule, any firearm with stabilizing accessories is now going to be categorized as a short-barreled rifle which means a federal license will be necessary in order for them to be owned as per the National Firearm Act.
Republicans have stated this rule would mean gun owners need to either register pistols with stabilizing braces with the ATF, hand over those firearms, or face 10 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.
Reps. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., and Richard Hudson, R-N.C., are planning on introducing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) which could nullify the Biden administration’s rule. However, for the CRA to move forward it would need to pass through both the lower and upper chambers with enough support to override a possible veto from the President.
Clyde during an interview with Fox News Digital stated that Congress needed to move swiftly against the rule, which would turn “millions of law-abiding gun owners, including many disabled veterans, into criminals for merely possessing legal firearms with stabilizing braces.” He proceeded to state this was an “abuse of rule-making authority” and was in violation of the constitution.
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