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ATF Backpedals on Pistol Brace Action

Today it was announced via a fairly quiet social media post that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (BATFE) has “withdrawn” a proposed administrative action that sought to reclassify weapons that use pistol braces like the ones made by SB Tactical as regulated weapons under the National Firearms Act (NFA). This was most likely done because of a short list of reasons that painted the BATFE in a bad light, some of the actions performed by legal gun owners in a few short days to bring pressure on the agency were the following.

  • Add more than 50,000 comments on the proposed action via the Federal Registry public comment web site
  • Gun owners convinced 90 members of the United States House of Representatives to sign onto a letter questioning BATFE’s overreach (sadly my only Alaska Representative Mr. Don Young sat back and did nothing)
  • Media campaign to spotlight the vagueness of the proposed BATFE, rulings and it’s impact to millions of legal gun owners

Many will view this recent push back against the BATFE as a giant victory for gun rights and quickly grow complacent and cold concerning our 2nd Amendment rights. In my opinion its a skirmish at best, this was a classic probe of an opponent’s defenses nothing more. The anti gunners that pull the strings at the BATFE simply threw a proposal out there to see if it gained any traction in the noise of the post election news cycle and chaos. It didn’t this time but they will be back, that much I promise. Erosion of rights is seldom done in one strike, it’s a well thought out process, history shows us that.

In the very near future we as legal gun owners in the United States will face a White House that openly shows distain for our way of life and our liberties. The next four years this scene will play out over and over again unfortunately. We as the 2nd Amendment community need to understand that this is a long process and that our efforts must be renewed over and over if we want to continue our traditions and lifestyle.

I don’t want to cast a dark cloud over the Christmas 2020 Holiday season, it’s been a weird enough year already. I wanted to get this post up, wish our friends and families a Merry Christmas and to our Jewish readers I wanted to say I hope you had a Happy Hanukkah 2020.

About the Author /

Rick Dembroski spent 10 of the best years of his life as a USAF Civil Engineer, traveling the globe, drinking beer, and causing chaos. His superiors dubbed him "King of Useless Knowledge" a title that he still loves to this day. After his military career he chose to stay in the frozen north of Alaska and currently works as an Emergency Management Specialist combining his love of chaos with preparedness to ensure people know how to survive disasters.

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