By Mr. Pink
You know what I’m doing today?
I’m busy reinstalling all the arm braces that I legally bought but had to remove and bury after the Biden ATF pulled a new law out of its ass declaring arm braces were illegal.
Over the last 10 months some legal pickleball was played, but on November 8, 2023, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas Matthew Kacsmaryk ruled that the ATF overstepped its bounds as an agency meant to regulate firearms to one that tries to legislate them when it suddenly threatened to turn millions of law-abiding firearm owners into felons overnight by proclaiming that arm braces on AR-15-style pistols are illegal. This, of course, was a crawfish on the ATF’s prior statement a decade ago, and one that left brace owners feeling as if they’d been tricked by their own Department of Justice.
In his decision, the Trump-appointed Kacsmaryk wrote: “The Court is certainly sympathetic to ATF’s concerns over public safety in the wake of tragic mass shootings. The Rule embodies salutary policy goals meant to protect vulnerable people in our society … But public safety concerns must be addressed in ways that are lawful. This Rule is not.”
Ultimately the District Court’s ruling stays the power of the ATF to enforce the rule. In other words, as it stands now (more appeals are likely to come), if you have a brace on your short-barreled AR-15 pistol, you cannot be prosecuted for it.
Now excuse me while I get back to work. Meantime, ATF, I might suggest you get back to work by going after the real criminals—urban gangbangers—who commit the vast majority of all gun crime.