U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Huntsville) has joined an effort to stop the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) from enacting a rule expanding enforcement over pistol braces.
According to a release from Strong's congressional office, ATF released a rule in January to reclassify millions of commonly owned pistols with stabilizing braces as short-barreled rifles and shotguns under the National Firearms Act of 1934, which went into effect at the end of January.
It requires that any weapons with "stabilizing braces" or similar attachments be registered by May 31 or face a felony charge.
"This rule is a blatant attack by the Biden Administration on our Second Amendment rights," Strong said. "I stand against this federal overreach and vow to protect Second Amendment rights."
Strong and several of his House colleagues introduced H.J.Res.44, a Joint Resolution of Disapproval. Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the resolution serves as a tool to allow Congress to overturn rules issued by federal agencies.
"I believe this resolution sends a strong signal to Democrats and the Biden Administration that House Republicans stand against radical actions which threaten Americans' Second Amendment freedoms," the freshman congressman said.
Last month, Attorney General Steve Marshall joined 24 other attorneys general in a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and the ATF seeking to enjoin a recently issued rule regulating pistol braces.
Jeff Poor is the executive editor of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.
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