Washington D.C. – H.J. Res 44, which would have nullified the ATF’s ban on pistol braces, failed in the U.S. Senate this afternoon on a 49 to 50 vote.
The resolution, which passed the House on a vote of 219 to 210 last week, was an attempt by Congress to reverse ATF Rule 2021R-08F which significantly expands the definition of “rifle” under federal law. Failure to comply with the rule comes with steep fines and up to 10 years in prison.
“The Senate had the opportunity to do the right thing and strike down an ATF rule that reverses 10 years of precedence,” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “For 10 years pistol brace owners were compliant with the ATF’s direction. And in the blink of an eye, ATF bureaucrats changed their minds creating millions of felons, all without an Act of Congress.”
“The National Association for Gun Rights continues to challenge the Pistol Brace Ban in court,” said Brown “We will keep up the fight. The lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans are at stake.”
The Congressional Research Service estimates 10 to 40 million stabilizing braces are currently in circulation. The ATF says only 250,000 have been registered as of the May 31st deadline.
The National Association for Gun Rights is the nation’s largest “no compromise” pro-gun organization, with 4.5 million members nationwide.