If you are a gun owner, you likely know know what Joe Biden's ATF tried to do this year. Bypassing Congress, they tried to ban braces on AR pistols that the ATF itself had approved for a decade. This meant that tens of millions of legal guns would be illegal come June 2023 - unless, of course, you registered your firearms as short-barreled rifles on a federal database.
The vast majority of law-abiding gun owners told the feds to stick it where the sun don't shine, as did local sheriff's offices and members of Congress. There were also several injunctions on the ATF's new rule, but tens of millions of Americans remained potential felons facing 10 years in jail for owning a stupid plastic brace.
This Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk changed that. From The Federalist:
U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ruled on Wednesday that the unelected bureaucrats' attempts to legislate by regulation instead of enforcing the gun laws already on the books were unlawful and, in the case of pistol braces, must cease immediately.
We all want to stop mass shootings, which is what the ATF thought it could do with this rule (cuz criminals listen to ATF rules), but in making up rules, the ATF broke far more important ones: Namely, you can't just impose law willy nilly.
The plaintiffs in Britto v. ATF, "three decorated Marine veterans" represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), argued that the rule violates the Second Amendment and should be rendered "void for vagueness."
Kacsmaryk agreed. He also noted that the rule would also place undue financial burden on not just gun owners but pistol brace manufacturers.
"Additionally, ATF admits the 10-year cost of the Rule is over one billion dollars," he wrote. "And because of the Rule, certain manufacturers that obtain most of their sales from stabilizing braces risk having to close their doors for good."
The judge claimed "the Court is certainly sympathetic to ATF's concerns over public safety in the wake of tragic mass shootings" but noted that "public safety concerns must be addressed in ways that are lawful."
"This Rule is not," Kacsmaryk concluded.
You love to see it.
Of course, the ATF already knew this would get shot down. So why do it? Well, because they can. That's the motto of the federal bureaucracy these days. If you can force people to do something illegally or jail them for the heck of it, the feds are there for it.
Plus, the ATF got a few hundred thousand guns registered in their database, which will be helpful when they're looking for candidates for the gulags. Those who registered their guns as SBRs can't travel across state lines with their blasters either.
Gun guru Colion Noir has a full breakdown of the rule, the history of pistol braces, and why the ATF did this. 👇
Even if you're not a gun person, this is a huge battle for liberty - the First Amendment doesn't exist without the Second.
So get out there and buy some blasters, America. Let freedom ring!
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