The public comment period on a plan by the White House and federal gun regulators to crack down on the legal use of stabilizing pistol braces is closing in the coming days.
The proposed rulemaking by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives largely bans the use of popular stabilizing braces on pistols by proffering a complicated multi-part test to determine if large-format handguns equipped with such braces could stray into being illegal short-barreled rifles.
The comment period is open until Sept. 8 and, as of Thursday morning, only had 149,960 comments listed. By comparison, almost twice as many comments were logged on the ATF’s proposed rule change on firearm frames and receivers, which ended last month.
Keep in mind that there are as many as 40 million braces in circulation right now, meaning only like 0.37 % of brace owners have taken five minutes to weigh in on the issue. My bet is that most don’t know what is coming, which could be bad for them. Like 10 years in prison kinda bad.
Submit your comments in these easy steps:
- Visit regulations.gov using this hyperlink
- Click the “Comment” button on the “Proposed Rule”
- Explain how it would affect you in a reasoned, polite comment that specifically says that you are opposed, or somehow in support of, the rule.
- Enter your e-mail address (scroll down)
- Fill out the “Tell us about yourself” section
- Hit submit