ATF Pistol Brace Rule
Palmetto State Armory Statement
On January 13, 2023, ATF announced its new final rule on stabilizing braces (Rule 2021R-08F, “Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached Stabilizing Braces,” found at https://www.atf.gov/rules-and-regulations/factoring-criteria-firearms-attached-stabilizing-braces), which appears to subject many of today’s firearms with attached stabilizing braces and the millions of individuals that own them to the provisions and requirements of the National Firearms Act (NFA).
Palmetto State Armory opposes this rule that, in many respects, is a complete reversal of years of prior guidance from ATF and represents another example of government overreach and the arbitrary infringement of Americans’ constitutional rights. We will work with our fellow manufacturers and industry partners to challenge this unjust rule, and we look forward to this unconstitutional action being struck down by the courts.
Given the present uncertainty caused by this rule, however, and at the advice of our legal counsel, we are taking action to comply with the rule as we currently understand it and, upon publication of the rule in the Federal Register, will no longer sell or ship pistols with stabilizing braces. Rest assured, we will continue to do everything in our power to legally promote the rights of law-abiding gun owners and maximize individual freedom while this matter makes its way through the judicial system.