The resolution intended to stop the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) AR-pistol stabilizing brace regulation has been referred to as H.J. Res. 44. President Biden has made it apparent that he plans to veto it.
According to Breitbart News, the ATF’s regulation reclassifies AR-pistols with stabilizing braces as short-barrel rifles. The owners of AR-pistols coupled with stabilizer braces must now either register their guns with the ATF or do one of the four actions listed below because short-barrel rifles must be registered under the authority of the National Guns Act (1934).The following scenarios are possible:
• Scenario 1: Turn in the entire firearm, including the “stabilizing brace,” to ATF;
• Scenario 2: Destroy the entire firearm;
• Scenario 3: Convert the short-barreled rifle over to a long-barreled rifle;
• Scenario 4: Permanently remove and get rid of, or otherwise modify, the “stabilizing brace” from the firearm to ensure it can’t be reattached.
In response to the ATF regulation, Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) introduced H.J. Res. 44, which prevents the rule from being put into effect.
Clyde’s resolution has not yet been put to a vote in the House, but Biden has made it plain he would veto it if it does.
Biden’s position was expressed in a White House policy statement that was cited by The Hill: “Even though Republicans in Congress should take further steps in order to prevent these as well as other potentially hazardous weapons off the streets of America, they’re instead forcing a resolution that would repeal this rule as well as the progress we have achieved to enforce existing legal restrictions on these extremely hazardous weapons.”
“The reasoning is obvious: short-barreled rifles tend to be more concealable than long firearms, yet more lethal and precise at a distance than typical handguns,” the statement said.
The August 4, 2019, shooting in Dayton, Ohio, which resulted in nine fatalities, and the March 22, 2021, grocery store shooting in Boulder, Colorado, which resulted in ten fatalities, both included an AR-pistol with a stabilizer brace, according to the White House.
The Virginia Tech University massacre on April 16, 2017, in which one shooter used a 9mm handgun and a .22 pistol to kill 32 people, was not mentioned by the White House. Neither of them had a stabilizer brace.