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dwornicki.stash
Dec 22, 2020
In Gun Club
Allow me to introduce myself briefly, as this is my first post here - My name is Stash, and I have been friends with Maj. Schueman since we were 18/19. Went through ROTC/college together and took similar career paths. I was an 0302 and served with 2/2 until I got out in 2012. Now I'm just a full-time regular guy civilian. As it relates to this post - firearms, and rights thereof, have been my main political issue and concern, since way back when the AWB was still in effect. I've watched this issue intently for probably the last 20 years. If you were unaware, the BATFE currently has a proposed rule which would re-classify any firearms currently defined as "pistols" and fitted with a pistol brace - as Short Barreled Rifles, regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA). The rule itself is intentionally vague - pistol braces have been sold for probably the last 10 plus years, with no issues from the BATFE. Now, this proposed rule would weigh a variety of factors - none of which fully defined - and your previously legal AR-15 or AK or whatever pistol, with a pistol brace - would be an SBR. Your "options" are spelled out in the rule itself. Register it as an SBR (and put a real stock on it), change the configuration, surrender it, or destroy it. Because the rule is so vague on the details regarding caliber, length of pull, weight, accessories, optics, etc there is almost no way to know what to do, other than play it safe and register your pistol as a short barreled rifle. Which is likely their end game, large-scale registration. So what can you do? Being that this is a federal rule, it is currently open for public comment. Though the window is extraordinarily short - it closes on 1/4 and has only been open since last Friday. Typically, federal rules have a public comment period of at least a quarter. You can also contact your elected representatives. Having said all this - unfortunately, being a student of gun-law history in the US for many years, comments mean little to the BATFE. Not that they are entirely worthless, but if you consider the timing of this rule, they are likely to do what they want regardless of public comment. Perhaps elected representative could pressure them to drop it, but only time will tell. Links: https://www.firearmspolicy.org/atf-to-issue-guidance-stabilizing-braces https://soldiersystems.net/2020/12/17/sb-tactical-proposed-atf-regulations-nothing-more-than-registration-scheme/#comments Further discussion:
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