Federal Judge Blocks ATF Regulation on Pistol Braces

The decision deems the ATF rule unlawful, protecting millions of gun owners from immediate criminalization.

Federal Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk blocked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from enforcing a ban on arm braces for pistols, deeming the new rule unlawful. Judge Kacsmaryk’s decision, which covered the entire country, is the most comprehensive challenge to the ATF’s rule.

The ATF regulation required owners of braced guns to register the firearms, pay a $200 tax, or face a 10-year jail term. The agency claimed that the braces transform pistols into rifles. However, the judge’s ruling halted the criminalization of millions of gun owners and highlighted the ATF’s earlier acceptance of the braces on the market.

The ATF’s rule change has been challenged in multiple courts. Given the widespread legal challenges against the federal agency in various states and federal courts, the case is anticipated to reach the U.S. Supreme Court, as it is similar to another case concerning a ban on “bump stocks.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for federal judges as they hear challenges to federal laws and regulations.
  • For ATF Administrator Dettelbach to seek God’s direction as he heads the agency and seeks to implement gun regulations.
  • For the justices of the Supreme Court as they may be asked to take an appeal to the pistol brace ruling.

Sources: Washington Examiner, Bloomberg Law


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