On Thursday, U.S. Senator Jim Risch released the following statement slamming the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives (ATF)’s new pistol brace rule:
“President Biden’s administration once again took aim at the rights of Idaho’s law-abiding gun owners. The administration’s rule requiring pistol braces be registered with the federal government threatens to turn responsible gun owners into felons overnight. This is unacceptable. I will always defend Idahoans’ Second Amendment rights and will forcefully oppose President Biden’s radical anti-gun agenda.”
On Friday, the ATF announced a final rule on pistol brace attachments requiring pistol brace owners to register or remove the brace within 120-days. The Biden administration claims the brace creates a likeness to short-barreled rifles, which require a federal license under the National Firearms Act.
During the 117 th Congress, Senator Risch was a cosponsor of the Pistol Brace Protection Act to ensure law-abiding gun owners will not have to register or remove their pistol brace, and the Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles Today (SHORT) Act to remove taxation, registration, and regulation requirements for short-barreled rifles and shotguns under the National Firearms Act.