Over the weekend, the Biden administration used the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to go after law-abiding gun owners, passing new unconstitutional regulations that will require around 10 million owners of an estimated 40 million firearms to register or surrender their guns.
The ATF finalized a new regulation Friday that will treat guns with stabilizing accessories like short-barreled rifles, which require a federal license to own under the National Firearms Act. The new “rule”, which goes into effect 120 days after it is published in the Federal Register, demands gun owners register, alter, destroy or surrender their brace-configured pistols or face a potential 10-year jail sentence and $10,000 fine.
Announcing the rule, Attorney General Merrick Garland said that stabilizing brace accessories, which were designed to help disabled combat veterans enjoy recreational shooting, transform pistols into short-barreled rifles.
“Keeping our communities safe from gun violence is among the Department’s highest priorities,” Garland said. “Almost a century ago, Congress determined that short-barreled rifles must be subject to heightened requirements. Today’s rule makes clear that firearm manufacturers, dealers, and individuals cannot evade these important public safety protections simply by adding accessories to pistols that transform them into short-barreled rifles.”
“Certain so-called stabilizing braces are designed to just attach to pistols, essentially converting them into short-barreled rifles to be fired from the shoulder,” said ATF Director Steven Dettelbach. “Therefore, they must be treated in the same way under the statute.”
“This rule enhances public safety and prevents people from circumventing the laws Congress passed almost a century ago. In the days of Al Capone, Congress said back then that short-barreled rifles and sawed-off shotguns should be subjected to greater legal requirements than most other guns,” said Steven Dettelbach, the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Yes, they are using Al Capone to justify making over 10 million law-abiding gun owners into criminals!
“The Biden administration chose to shred the Constitution today,” the National Rifle Association said.
The Biden Administration chose to shred the Constitution today. @ATFHQ submitted their pistol brace “final rule” to the Federal Register and demanded Americans either “register” or “surrender” their lawfully owned rifles.— NRA (@NRA) January 14, 2023
Joe Biden is an enemy of our Second Amendment. pic.twitter.com/fY8SsqtqH2
Gun Owners of America vowed to file a lawsuit challenging Biden’s new ATF regulation.
Gun Owners of America, which bills itself as the only “no-compromise” gun lobby in Washington, D.C., vowed to file a lawsuit challenging Biden’s new ATF regulation.
“This admin continues to find ways to attack gun owners. We will continue to work with our industry partners to amplify the disapproving voices in the firearms industry and [Gun Owners Foundation], our sister legal arm, will be filing suit in the near future,” said Erich Pratt, senior vice president of Gun Owners of America.
The Congressional Research Service estimates there are between 10-40 million pistol-brace-equipped firearms. The ATF’s new rule requires nearly all of them to be registered, turned in, or destroyed for owners to avoid felony charges. https://t.co/ULdkCNunGs— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) January 13, 2023
On his website, The Reload, Stephen Gutowski noted the legal problems the new rule could encounter.
“The Biden Administration’s decision to move forward with the ban comes after hundreds of thousands of comments opposing the regulation were left during its public comment period. It also comes in the immediate aftermath of the Fifth Circuit ruling against the Trump-era bump stock ban. That policy was implemented through the same rulemaking process and after the ATF had also previously declared bump stocks to fall outside the NFA’s purview, which could foreshadow legal problems for the new pistol brace rule,” he wrote.
Under the new Biden rule, any firearm that is “designed or redesigned made or remade and intended to be fired from the shoulder” will be considered an Short-barreled rifle and subject to this new “rule”. It also means that disabled gun owners who require assistive devices will now be made into felons if they don’t register or destroy their legally purchased firearm as an SBR.
This is a one armed disabled veteran. The ATF just told this man by their ruling today that he will be a felon in 120 days if he doesn’t register his legally purchased firearm as an SBR because of the stabilizing brace. You know what this registration requires? Fingerprints… pic.twitter.com/z9OcDc7Hiy— The Typical Liberal #1 In Exposing Liberal Lies (@the_typical_lib) January 13, 2023
imagine a law that nobody complied with.
Well tell Joe to kiss my grits!
FOAD you corrupt scumbag!!
F, The Biden Crime family and the jackboot jackoffs of the ATF.
Simply refuse to comply with this unconstitutional decree.
Poor Delusional Biden and his Puppeteer Obama .They can Suicide now.. Save us the ammo later.
Just LIKE my natural, sovereign, God given rights, this, too, will be ignored…
The BATF has no Law making Powers. Why is it that they can make these rules without approval of Congress? This is totally unconstitutional and a lawsuit must be filed ASAP.
Biden can suck my….. He wants to make me a criminal? Fuk it. I’ll be a criminal. And I’ll start by NOT PAYING ANOTHER PENNY IN TAXES.
“Do not comply”!
Damn! We had all our guns loaded up in the boat to turn in and the boat capsized – now we can’t find a single gun in the deep water.
Isnt this how Hitler started out?
This law is unconstitutional.Lets sue them.
Bullllllshit. No fuking way I’m shelling out $$$$$ to register my shit. Fuck em all. I paid for these weapons the way they are and I’m not paying another fee because they need money for their new 80000 fukin cronies to look into all the law abiding citizens. Atf is full of sheet. Get a life. Go after real criminals you lazy fuks.
And that 40 mill is way undershot.. lmao. Just think… 40 million times 250 a tax stamp (50 for the fingerprint) =10 fuking billion dollars.
Seems to me that if you’re going to be considered a “felon” for this heinous act, you might just as well add that extra hole. Same penalty. And if they come for you, you can make it more exciting for them.
Beside the obvious violation of taxing something that you have the RIGHT to possess, besides the obvious infringement on SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED, besides the obvious violation of the 8th amendment prohibition against excessive fines and cruel and unusual punishment, WHAT THE FRACK difference should it make in the least bit what length a barrel is on ANYTHING? Does a man with a 10″ penis need to register his penis because the average length is 6″ and maybe he has more of a propensity to rape? Why are we continually being subjected to THOUGHT crimes and expected to put up with it? IF THERE IS NO VICTIM, it can’t be a CRIME. NO VICTIM, NO CRIME. NO CRIME NOT GUILTY YOUR HONOR! And who in their right mind thinks that a $250,000 fine for not paying a $200 “tax” isn’t an excessive fine? And who in their right mind doesn’t see that 10 years in a cage for failing to pay $200 isn’t cruel and unusual punishment? Seems to me that it’s time WE THE PEOPLE take some gooberment stooges to the woodshed.