There was a reason that when I bought my Bren, I didn’t go for the pistol version. There were already stirrings in the air that the Biden Administration was going to sic the ATF on pistol braces. It didn’t help that the ATF has been back and forth on them for years.

Now, it’s decided once again that those pistol braces are bad. And any of those AR-pistols are also bad.

From The Reload:

The agency announced plans to publish the final version of their rule reclassifying pistol braces, a popular firearm accessory, on Friday. The rule, which President Joe Biden requested as part of his efforts to unilaterally reform gun laws, would effectively ban the use of braces unless registered with the ATF. Anyone who does not comply with the rule could be subject to upwards of ten years in federal prison despite the agency previously ruling the braces were legal multiple times over the past decade.


“Any weapons with “stabilizing braces” or similar attachments that constitute rifles under the NFA must be registered no later than 120 days after date of publication in the Federal Register,” the agency said,” or the short barrel removed and a 16-inch or longer rifle barrel attached to the firearm; or permanently remove and dispose of, or alter, the “stabilizing brace” such that it cannot be reattached; or the firearm is turned in to your local ATF office. Or the firearm is destroyed.”

Supposedly, the ATF is going to waive the $200 tax to register guns under this plan, but no word on how long it will take to get through the process.

This is what happens when Congress doesn’t do its fucking job and lets the agencies make the rules.