n Wednesday, Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz introduced an act to abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) after they issued a controversial ruling against the 2nd Amendment.
On Friday, the ATF issued a rule that will treat guns that have stabilizing accessories the same as they treat short-barreled rifles, meaning they would require a federal license.
AG Merrick Garland stated the ruling will keep the public safe. Gaetz fired back, stating that the ruling punishes disabled gun owners and veterans who need the braces.
“I have a lot of disabled veterans in my district who enjoy pistol shooting and rely on stabilizing braces to be able to engage in the activity,” he said in a phone interview Wednesday morning. “The recent actions from the ATF essentially allow them to make case-by-case determinations on whether a pistol with a stabilizing brace is legal or an unlawful, sawed-off shotgun.”
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