June 10, 2021
Today, the DOJ/ATF published proposed rule 2021R-08 in the Federal Register, thereby launching total war on lawful ownership of common and popular large-frame handguns. The proposed rule attempts to redefine the definition of “short barrel rifle” based on purportedly “objective” factors in the form of a lengthy convoluted points-based scoring system. In all actuality, this scoring criteria is patently pretextual and provides little if any meaningful objective guidance. Instead, it establishes a running list of arbitrary and subjective criteria largely dictated by end-user accessory additions and cosmetic appearance that will set massive regulatory traps and ensnare both the firearms industry and consumer alike. This rule will turn longstanding lawful conduct into felonious conduct under the NFA through mere ownership of firearms otherwise deemed lawful for years, or through subsequent acts as benign as the addition of an optic, sight, bipod, and/or hand stop. The net effect of this rule is nothing short of a total chilling effect on the production, sale, use, and enjoyment of widely popular large-frame handguns featuring arm brace accessories and the widespread de facto criminalization of firearms owners.
FRAC is actively analyzing 2021R-08 to ascertain the full scope of the proposed rule and its ramifications on the firearms industry and consumer base.
TAKE ACTION NOW by submitting a comment to the proposed regulations HERE