ATF Stabilizing Brace Comments End, September 8th!

ATF Stabilizing Brace Comments End, September 8th!

On June 10th, ATF published a new notice of proposed rulemaking on its website entitled Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached “Stabilizing Braces”. The proposed rule would make most firearms with attached stabilizing, or “pistol,” braces subject to the National Firearm Act (NFA), and would mandate a number of steps to register your firearm, including a $200 tax stamp, fingerprinting, and a long wait for the government to process an application to own a firearm that you already legally acquired. Please click the button below to comment on this proposed rule. Comments will be accepted until September 8th!

Click here to comment!

For nearly ten years, the ATF has recognized that stabilizing braces on a pistol, or other firearm, do not automatically make the firearm subject to provisions of the NFA.

The ATF is attempting to use a convoluted point-based system to determine what firearms potentially would now be subject to NFA regulation. To see your NRA’s original alert, which includes a link to the proposed rule’s language, please click here.

Please click the button above to comment and make your voice heard by the ATF.

Below are ATF’s instructions for submitting comments:

You may submit comments, identified by docket number ATF2021R-08, by any of the following methods—

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Denise Brown, Mail Stop 6N-518​, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Ave. NE, Mail Stop 6N-518, Washington, DC 20226; ATTN: ATF2021R-08.
  • Fax: (202) 648-9741.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number (ATF2021R-08) for this notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM” or “proposed rule”). All properly completed comments received will be posted without change to the Federal eRulemaking portal,, including any personal information provided.

Please be sure to stay professional, explain the arbitrary nature of these rule changes, and make your comments personalized so that the ATF knows how you, as an American gun owner, are impacted. You have until September 8th to submit comments.

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Luke McCoy is the founder of USA Carry. In 2007, he launched USA Carry to provide concealed carry information and a community for those with concealed carry permits and firearm enthusiasts.
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