NRA-ILA: Update on Q’s Honey Badger and Call to Action

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Let lawmakers know that the rogue actions of ATF agents don’t reflect the will of the people, and violate the constitution. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -( As we reported last week, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) recently informed firearm manufacturer Q, LLC that, in ATF’s view, Q’s “Honey Badger” pistol with stabilizing brace is actually a short-barreled rifle and therefore subject to the National Firearms Act (“NFA”). The NRA strongly disagrees with this arbitrary, inequitable, and incorrect determination by ATF that puts millions of firearms owners in danger of federal prosecution.

On Friday, the White House made clear in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon that they’re working with DoJ to protect our rights​, “The White House and leadership at the Department of Justice are reviewing this matter to ensure there is no interference with the ability of law-abiding citizens—including lawful firearms manufacturers—to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed liberties.”


Since 2012, ATF has repeatedly found that firearms with pistol stabilizing braces, like the one equipped on Q’s Honey Badger pistol, are not “designed, made, and intended to be fired from the shoulder,” and are therefore not subject to regulation under the NFA. Now, with no notice or opportunity for public input, ATF appears to be reversing course.

Rather than create a clear set of rules that law-abiding gun owners and manufactures can follow, ATF seems to be taking an “I’ll know it when I see it” approach to classifying firearms. This arbitrary approach is clearly inconsistent with the right to keep and bear arms and due process of law.

By blurring the lines on legal definitions that carry serious criminal consequences, ATF is putting law-abiding gun owners, the firearm industry, and law enforcement in the impossible position of attempting to read the minds of ATF bureaucrats when complying with or applying federal law.

Please take action by contacting the Department of Justice and asking them to take swift action to rein in ATF and reverse this terrible determination

About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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Green Mtn. Boy

Negotiating Rights Away,a day late and millions short, because Little Wayne has plans for the millions. ATF Issues 60-Day Suspension of Honey Badger Cease and Desist Order Following FPC’s grassroots campaign, the ATF has announced it will delay enforcement of the “Honey Badger” order against Q LLC. The agency will review the cease-and-desist order issued by its Boston field office labeling the Honey Badger Pistol an SBR. This is NOT, however, a final decision. And the ATF’s Honey Badger order has not been fully reversed.  It is unacceptable that rogue elements of the Government are trying to turn law-abiding gun… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by Green Mtn. Boy

Honey Badget? SBR’s SBSG’s Sound suppressors, FA, AOW’s firearms…any and all RESTRICTIONS are VIOLATIONS of the 2nd amendment. LIKE DUH?


Another “after the fact”, NRA action. Instead of getting ahead of the problem, just wait till it IS a problem and then ride to the rescue and try and look good to increase Wayne’s, er, I mean, NRA’s cash flow and membership. Crisis management isn’t management.


So do we expect that the 60 day push may be somewhere connected to the 10th circuit judgment on bump stocks


I’m really getting tired of watching the ATF legislate. They have no authority to make laws without congressional oversigh or approval. all the “rules” they make have the force of law, make no mistake about that Quis custodiet…


You need to edit your heading…


Ex-Post-Facto is still unconstitutional regardless of what agency or Personnel within agencies attempt to utilize the illegal method(s).

Last edited 2 years ago by USMC0351Grunt

all the illegal actioin by ATF does need to be halted. Meanwhile, perhaps Honey Badger could start a new company on the side, make the braces and other add ons in that companuy, and only sell the pistol less brace. That way, anyone could buy the pistol and be clear. The brace, manufactured by a different company, would be no different than, say, a removable box magazine made by, say, MagPull would be. ATF wanna play stupid games, try a fast end run round them. Meanwile, slog on in the legal battle. DOJ need to bring ATF to heel, soon.… Read more »


Abolish the NFA ’34. That said, I can sure see why ATF is targeting Q. The brace Q used is pretty much a shoulder stock. I don’t know a person that bought an AR pistol that intended to use the brace as an arm brace. They all wanted a SBR that they could carry in their vehicle like a handgun.