The Biden administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) released model legislation it says states can use to craft “extreme risk protection order” laws, also known as “red-flag laws,” and a proposed rule change to how handguns equipped with stabilizing braces are classified and regulated.
“Today we deliver on our promise to help save lives while protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans. We welcome the opportunity to work with communities in the weeks and months ahead in our shared commitment to end gun violence,” said Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The proposed legislation would “make it easier for states to craft” red-flag laws that authorize “courts to temporarily bar people in crisis from accessing firearms,” according to the DOJ press release.
“Red-flag laws are often being used today by politicians opposed, in every way, to the individual’s right to keep and bear arms. These politicians see these laws as an opportunity to reduce gun ownership and to take away the right of due process from American citizens,” previously reportedAmerica’s 1st Freedom.
The DOJ also introduced a proposed rule change that would treat certain handguns equipped with a stabilizing brace in the same manner as a short-barreled rifle, a change that would have them regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934.
To possess a firearm regulated under the NFA, a person must be fingerprinted, photographed, undergo a background check, pay a $200 federal tax on the firearm, and register that firearm with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). It’s an arduous, months-long process. Those in violation are subject to felony charges, leaving countless Americans who own those affected handguns equipped with these braces potentially staring down these serious charges if this proposed rule change were to be approved.
“Pistol stabilizing braces are particularly valuable for differently abled shooters who may not have the use of two hands,” reported the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA). “Gun controllers’ goal of handicapping gun owners’ ability would make self-defense, target shooting and hunting more dangerous for everyone involved, including unrelated parties. The gun-control position is depraved and ludicrous.”
Just last December, the ATF proposed—and promptly withdrew—similar guidance for firearms equipped with stabilizing braces. Now, with Biden in the White House, the anti-Second Amendment forces are back to try again.
Two months ago, during an April press conference, President Joe Biden (D) promised from the Rose Garden that these anti-freedom measures were coming. It’s worth noting that he also made a number of untrue statements about your rights at that same press conference.
A1F.com will keep you up to date on any further moves the Biden administration takes against your right to keep and bear arms.