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Introduce legislation to counter new pistol brace rule

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) introduced the Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles Today (SHORT) Act, which will remove the taxation, registration, and regulation requirements in the National Firearms Act (NFA).

Earlier this month, the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives (ATF) announced a final rule on pistol brace attachments requiring owners to register or remove the brace within 120-days. Failure to do so could result in up to 10 years in jail and a fine up to $250,000. The SHORT Act would prevent the ATF from enforcing this or other rules that infringe on Second Amendment rights.

“This Administration’s vendetta against lawful gun ownership is a gross violation of Constitutional rights. A federal gun registry has no place in America, yet this Administration is forcing millions of law-abiding Americans to either register these commonly owned firearms or become felons,” said Risch. “With the Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles Today (SHORT) Act, Congress can protect Idahoans from this unlawful registry by prohibiting the National Firearms Act from requiring registry, tax, and regulations on their cherry-picked list of firearms.”  

“As the Biden Administration continues to seek creative methods of advancing their anti-gun agenda, Congress must be resolute and oppose all efforts to undermine Second Amendment rights,” said Crapo. “Burdening law-abiding Americans with additional firearm restrictions is not the answer to safeguarding the public.”

“Finalization of this pistol brace rule represents the worst fears of gun owners across the country,”  said Marshall. “The SHORT Act will protect Americans from the anti-2 nd Amendment gun registry that the ATF is abusing the National Firearms Act to create. This Congress, I challenge my colleagues in both chambers to make protecting Americans’ 2 nd Amendment Rights a priority and sign onto this legislation that will stop the ATF’s pistol brace rule in its tracks.”

U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) also cosponsored the SHORT Act. A House companion bill has also been introduced.

To read the full text of the SHORT Act, click here.

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