Quiet New ATF Rule Would Outlaw Millions of Guns and Turn Gun Owners Into Criminals

A new rule quietly floated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) would outlaw millions of guns and turn gun owners into criminals.

The ATF published a notice last Thursday that it intended to outlaw the AR-15 pistol and similar firearms and that existing weapons will have to be destroyed, turned over to authorities, and owners to register.

The AR-15 pistol uses an arm brace system to stabilize the firearm as it is being fired. The pistol needs this brace because the AR-15 pistol is the essentially the same firearm as the AR-15 rifle but with the shoulder stock removed. There are as many as 4 million of these type of weapons in the U.S.

On top of that, the ATF intends to impose a $200 tax per gun owner.

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Second Amendment supporters were furious over the proposed outlawing of millions of weapons and the registration by gun owners.

“GOA will rally the grassroots to fight these regulations, and if they eventually go into effect, we will commence immediate legal action to protect gun owners,” Erich Pratt, senior vice president of Gun Owners of America said in a statement.

Per the Washington Free Beacon

The controversy stems from how federal law distinguishes between short-barrel rifles and shotguns, both of which must be registered and require a $200 tax stamp, and pistols that do not require either. The key component is whether a firearm is designed to be pressed against the shooter’s shoulder. Since 2012, the ATF has classified several guns with braces designed to strap to a shooter’s forearm as pistols. The agency’s Boston field office called that interpretation into question in August after sending a cease and desist letter to one manufacturer. The agency ordered a review in October following intervention from the White House.

Neither the administration nor the ATF has made any comments on the proposed rule.

This is why we need to begin eliminating these un-American agencies. Day in and day out these unaccountable agencies make these un-American rules without anyone voting on anything, without regard to the U.S. Constitution and without a by your mind to America.

UPDATE

The ATF has withdrawn this proposed rules change after 89 Congressmen signed a letter demanding that the agency abandon the rules change.

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.
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