SB Tactical: Proposed ATF Brace Regulations Nothing More Than Registration Scheme

SB Tactical Stabilizing Braces
SB Tactical Stabilizing Braces

Bradenton, Fla. – -(AmmoLand.com)- SB Tactical® learned on December 16 of the ATF’s plan to publish their proposed ‘Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with Stabilizing Braces’ guidance on www.federalregister.gov/d/2020-27857, which will be open for comment on Friday, December 18, 2020 until January 1, 2021.

Our hope was that ATF would finally take transparent action to provide clear criteria for brace equipped pistols #ad, that would give manufacturers and consumers a way to see if products met ATF’s shifting expectations.

Instead, the document is a thinly veiled blueprint for the largest firearm registration–and ultimately potentially confiscation– scheme in U.S. history.

The factors identified by the ATF for its possible use in classification include type, caliber, weight and length, how the gun is marketed, length of pull, sights, and scopes, peripheral accessories mounted, and rear surface area of the brace, among others. While the factors listed are arbitrary and open-ended, the truly onerous part of the proposal is that no definitions of the factors are provided.

The grotesque inadequacies of this document render this “guidance” worse than meaningless. By stating that “no single factor or combination of factors is necessarily dispositive,” the regulated public is left guessing. Which calibers are ok? What is the weight or length of pull limit? What accessories can be mounted on a pistol? By failing to define the criteria, the ATF is codifying its holistic “we’ll know it when we see it” approach to determinations that create confusion and serve as little more than a power grab. It does nothing other than create uncertainty and confirm that ATF does not want to be held accountable. It claims limitless power to assess products under a “holistic” approach that gives the agency maximum discretion and Americans minimum protection.

Firearms Regulatory Accountability Coalition
Firearms Regulatory Accountability Coalition

This proposed guidance says that it does not have the effect and force of law . . . yet. SB Tactical®, in conjunction with the Firearms Regulatory Accountability Coalition, Inc., (FRAC), and the National Rifle Association, will continue to work tirelessly with congressional leadership, the White House, and the Department of Justice to ensure that legal gun owners’ rights and the rights of manufacturers are not in jeopardy. We believe that the White House is considering weighing in on this issue, but they will not do so unless we make our voices heard.

The time is now to come together as a community of gun owners, retailers, and manufacturers to demand that President Trump preserve our Second Amendment rights.

This is our last chance to get this administration to intervene. We strongly urge you to contact the White House to demand they take swift action to stop and reverse ATF’s efforts to issue arbitrary and capricious decisions affecting millions of legal gun owners.

Additionally, once the guidance formally posts to the Federal Register on Friday, December 18, we encourage you to submit commentary to the ATF and express your frustration and confusion. This is important to ensure a full record before the agency and any later court that reviews this issue. But, because the ATF seems to want to limit participation in this proceeding, it has created complicated rules and deadlines. To submit comments in the DOJ proceeding you will need to follow the instructions below. Comments that do not follow the below instructions, will not be considered.

DUE DATE: Written comments must be postmarked by, and electronic comments must be submitted on or before January 1, 2021 by midnight Eastern time.

INSTRUCTIONS: All submissions received must include the agency name (ATF) and docket number (ATF 2020R-10). All properly completed comments received will be posted without change to the Federal eRulemaking portal, www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Comments must have a full name, mailing address, and signature.

Commenters who do not want their name or other personal identifying information posted on the Internet should submit comments by mail or facsimile, along with a separate cover sheet containing their personal identifying information. Both the cover sheet and comment must reference this docket number (ATF 2020R-10).

Comments that contain excessive profanity will not be considered or responded to.

SUBMISSIONS: Starting December 18, you may submit comments in one of three ways:

  1. Online: Federal eRulemaking Portal: ATF recommends that you submit your comments to ATF via the Federal eRulemaking portal at
    www.federalregister.gov/d/2020-27857 and follow the instructions. Please keep the comment tracking number that is provided after you have successfully uploaded your comment.
  2. Mail: Written comments must:
    • a. Appear in minimum 12-point font size (.17 inches)
    • b. Include the commenter's first and last name and full mailing address c. Be signed
    • Send written comments to the following address:
      Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
      ATTN: ATF 2020R-10
      Mail Stop 6N- 518
      99 New York Ave. NE
      Washington, DC 20226
  3. Facsimile: Faxed comments must:
    • a. Be legible and appear in minimum 12-point font size (.17 inches) b. Be on 8 ½” x 11″ paper
    • c. Include the commenter's first and last name and full mailing address d. Be signed
    • e. Be no more than five pages long

About SB Tactical®

SB Tactical®, the originator of the Pistol Stabilizing Brace® and manufacturers of industry-leading firearms accessories, is setting the bar for innovation and product development in the large frame pistol category. The SB Tactical line of products is U.S. veteran designed and proudly manufactured in the U.S.A. For more information on the brand’s growing line of products for multiple firearms platforms, visit www.sb-tactical.com.

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Get Out
Get Out
20 days ago

I believe there’s already a database of gun owners out there. Everyone that’s had a BGC to purchase a firearm, filed for a CC gun permit, FOID’s, BGC to purchase ammo, hunting license or anything that requires your name to be taken down, you’re on the list.

Watch um
Watch um
29 days ago

For what it’s worth I emailed one of my senators and complained about the ATF making law where it is the job of the congress to make laws

Watch um
Watch um
29 days ago

If the ATF has their way i would have to register my Glock model 22 as a short barrel rifle just to use a brace on it while sitting in my mobile power chair while shooting

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull
29 days ago

When the constitution and our rights mean nothing to these tyrants and they cheat at the ballot box there is only one solution . It’s the cartridge box. Lock and load and fight for our freedom or live on your knees under these tyrants forever .

Mark From Michigan
Mark From Michigan
29 days ago

so the militia was right 100% all along. Liberty1775 http://www.libertytreeradio.4mg.com

Last edited 29 days ago by Mark From Michigan
Belial71
Belial71
29 days ago

Refuse/Resist!!!!

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
29 days ago

I highly recommend going to The Gun Collective YouTube channel and watch the interview with Alex Bosco, Owner of SB Tactical and creator of the Pistol Stabilizing Brace. There is a lot of background information. This action by the DOJ/ATF was long planned.

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
29 days ago

Here is the video:

https://youtu.be/nOt8FsbaXXQ

RoyD
RoyD
30 days ago

Does the author of this article realize how stupid and retarded they are when they write this tripe?

The time is now to come together as a community of gun owners, retailers, and manufacturers to demand that President Trump preserve our Second Amendment rights.”

Stupid and insipid bastards.

RoyD
RoyD
30 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

I see that the “down voter” recognized himself. I wonder if he is stupid, insipid, or just a cocksucker. I guess we’ll never know.

Knute
Knute
30 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

I zeroed it out anyway. At least for now…

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
29 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

Well, while you guys play Ammoland police and feel good about your comments, Diversified Machine was raided by ATF today. Diversified Machine makes Form 1 ready silencer kits. The ATF has gone completely rogue, but at least we still have the Ammoland comment section, for now.

RoyD
RoyD
29 days ago

Life is all about choices. Up until two years ago I did not and had not owned an AR-15. Carried the real deal in the Army decades ago and then occasionally the real deal on the job for 22&1/2 years. Just another tool to me. In fact the one I have was presented to me by the site we are on: Ammoland. I have a bunch of ammo and mags for it and yet don’t have a sling and it just has the iron sights that it came with (though I have removed the 37mm grenade launcher). Forty six years… Read more »

RoyD
RoyD
29 days ago

So now I wait on “comment approval.”

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
29 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

Yep, my comment from yesterday about the ATF putting pistol braces on the NFA was on hold until Ammoland published an article about it!

Last edited 29 days ago by Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
29 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

Now I have one waiting as sell! Too bad. It has actual information in it and is not just a useless rant.

Mark From Michigan
Mark From Michigan
29 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

yeah, its like farcebook and twit-ter. Political correctness…or else.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
29 days ago

Charlie, I realize you have a comment on hold, but can you try posting another comment to provide more information on this raid? Thank you.

I’ve already posted comments about the notion of “rogue” – I believe there is a better term for what is happening. The fact that no politicians (that I have seen) are speaking up about the BATFE is indicative of what they really think. None of them are willing to expend political capital on this issue – even the ones who primarily ran on a “Pro-2nd Amendment” platform.

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
29 days ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

There is a Barfcom thread on it that MAC posted on his Facebook page. I will try to post the link. let’s see if it gets moderated again.

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
29 days ago
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JSNMGC
JSNMGC
29 days ago

Thank you. Bravo heroes. No other armed government employees are stopping them. Meanwhile: Trump won’t make the phone call; and Boebert goes on Cam & Co and talks about how she is going to fight for politicians to keep the right to carry in the Capitol building. She tweets non-stop, but not a word about the BATFE. When she does tweet about fighting for the rights of firearm owners, it’s an interview in which she states she is going to fight for the right of government employees to carry firearms. I’ve not heard of one Republican politician speaking out against… Read more »