U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the United States Senate voted to allow the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) unconstitutional federal registry for firearms with stabilizing braces to stay in place.
“The Senate Democrats’ vote today is a slap in the face to disabled individuals everywhere, especially disabled Montana veterans, who count on these stabilizing braces to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” Daines said. “Senate Democrats have proven once again that they are in lockstep with President Biden’s unconstitutional gun grabbing agenda. I’m very disappointed that my colleagues across the aisle have once again sought to undermine Montanans’ right to keep and bear arms.”
Senator Daines helped introduce the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to prevent the ATF from unconstitutionally taxing, registering and regulating firearms with stabilizing braces.
Senator Daines also helped introduce the Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles (SHORT) Act this Congress, which fights back against the Biden administration’s pistol brace rule by eliminating unconstitutional and unnecessary restrictions, taxation, and registration language contained in the National Firearms Act.
U.S. Congressman Andrew Clyde (GA-09) introduced companion legislation to both the CRA and the SHORT Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Biden administration’s pistol brace rule changes the legal status of a stabilizing brace, making firearms with the accessory an illegal short-barreled rifle. The ATF is using this rule to force law-abiding gun owners to either participate in an unconstitutional “Amnesty Registration” of pistol brace weapons in order to keep their firearms, or risk becoming a felon.
In recent years, stabilizing braces have become one of the fastest growing categories of firearm accessories. Stabilizing braces were created and designed to be used by people with disabilities—specifically disabled combat veterans. There are estimated to be tens of millions of such braces in civilian ownership.