UPDATED 1:54 PM PT – Friday, June 25, 2021
The Biden administration’s proposal aimed at regulating pistol-stabilizing braces is under scrutiny. Nearly all of the Republicans in the Senate signed a letter on Thursday that said the proposed rule would turn millions of law-abiding gun owners into criminals overnight and demanded its withdrawal.
If passed, Americans would be required to get a federal license to own pistols with stabilizing braces under the National Firearms Act. Additionally, Americans would face up to 10 years in federal prison for not registering their braces with the National Firearms Association. Other consequences could include felony charges against individuals who do not turn in or destroy the firearm, the brace, or pay a $200 tax.
While the Biden administration claimed their latest regulation would help counteract the nation’s recent crime spike, the GOP asserted there is not evidence to back this up. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke on the Senate floor on Thursday, warning the allowance of small laws like such to pass would ultimately result in larger infractions of the Second Amendment down the line.
David Chipman’s confirmation would put Joe Biden one step closer to coming after Americans’ Second Amendment rights. pic.twitter.com/k0P5UWHZXK
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) June 24, 2021
He went on to stress how Democrats are growing out of touch with what matters to the American people and aren’t grasping why Republicans are fighting for Second Amendment rights. Cruz’s argument fully resonated with legal gun owners across the country.
Ethan Settle, the manager of an Iowa gun range, said “common citizens” come into his shop every day to use pistol-stabilizing braces for a variety of different uses. Settle mentioned, “one might be to train for self defense, two would be just to have fun at the range, and then they’re commonly used in a variety of sporting settings as well.”
He said he believes under the National Firearms Act it restricts pistol braces to an extent which is not “the true intent of the Second Amendment originally.”
In the meantime, the Biden administration’s proposed rule will be open for public debate until Sept. 8. The rule has already received more than 100 thousand comments.