ATF drops plan to target popular pistol

Critics warned it could have made millions of gun owners felons

Bob UnruhBy Bob Unruh
Published December 25, 2020 at 12:59pm

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives on Thursday night unexpectedly withdrew its proposed guidance on AR-15-style pistols with “stabilizing braces,” which could have turned some 3 to 4 million owners into felons.

“Upon further consultation with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, ATF is withdrawing, pending further Department of Justice review, the notice and request for comments entitled ‘Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with ‘Stabilizing Braces’,’ that was published on December 18, 2020. 85 FR 82516,” the agency said.



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