House Republicans are turning up the heat on the ATF over its proposal to ban and register millions of pistol braces.
All 19 Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee signed a letter to the agency on Friday asking a series of questions about the proposal, according to a copy obtained by The Reload. The group is demanding to know how the proposal was conceived, who wrote it, and if outside agencies worked on it. The lawmakers are giving the ATF until the end of the month to answer those questions.
“ATF’s regulatory notice is deeply flawed, beyond the scope of its authority, contrary to years of previous ATF opinions, and harmful to millions of law-abiding American firearm owners,” the members said in the letter.
The letter is part of the all-out push by Republicans and the gun-rights movement to stop the ban that would affect guns equipped with shorter barrels and specialized braces in place of stocks, including popular AR-15 variants.