Even with a narrowly split Congress threatening his bold gun control agenda, President Joe Biden continues to act on such proposals through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
As part of those efforts, the Biden administration has proposed ATF regulations that apply to pistol stabilizing braces — but some Americans, including individuals with disabilities, are crying foul.
“Designed specifically for disabled veterans”
According to Breitbart, the proposed rule would classify pistols with such braces as short-barreled rifles, making them subject to regulation under the National Firearms Act.
Those in possession of the guns could be subjected to lengthy background checks, fingerprinting, and $200 fees, not to mention a requirement that they register the weapons with the ATF, as Breitbart notes.
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) is one of several Republicans who have spoken out in opposition to the rule.
He insisted that its implementation would turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals overnight.
“Many disabled people in America use pistol stabilizing braces in order to be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” he asserted, according to reports. “Moreover, these stabilizing braces were designed specifically for disabled veterans, our men and women in uniform who became disabled and were having trouble shooting firearms for recreational use or for the safety of their families.”
“The foundation of everything I do”
Scalise appeared alongside Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Rick Cicero, a veteran injured while serving in Afghanistan, at a press conference this week.
Cicero offered his first-hand endorsement of the tool being targeted by the Biden administration.
“That brace is the foundation of everything I do because I can take someone who has limited strength in their hands or is missing digits and give them confidence and the skills and capability to grasp a firearm again and get them back to the things that were such a part of their life,” he declared.
David Chipman, the president’s controversial pick to become the next director of the ATF, has a history of lobbying for partisan gun control measures and further reflects the White House’s apparent contempt for gun rights. As for the proposed ATF rule, a public comment period will extend to Sept. 8.