The Biden administration’s attempt to regulate pistol braces faced a setback as a federal appeals court raised concerns about its constitutionality. Pistol braces are accessories that enhance the ease of aiming and firing a gun with one hand.
Second Amendment Advocates Argue for Pistol Braces’ Safety
Supporters of the Second Amendment argue that pistol braces improve handgun safety and accuracy. They view these accessories as a valuable addition to firearms.
Gun Control Advocates Express Concerns Over Concealable Handguns
On the other hand, gun control advocates worry that pistol braces could be used to transform concealable handguns into more dangerous weapons.
Background on the Regulation
President Biden introduced the regulation in 2021 following shootings in Boulder, Colorado; Dayton, Ohio; and Nashville, Tennessee, where stabilizing braces were used in the incidents. The rule required gun owners to register pistol braces and pay a fee, and it went into effect on June 1.
Legal Challenge to the Regulation
Two Texas gun owners, a gun rights group, and a gun dealer filed a lawsuit challenging the law. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary block of the rule for the plaintiffs, their customers, and members.
Uncertainty Over the Future of the Regulation
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans expressed doubts about the Biden administration’s rule, stating it was unlikely to withstand a legal challenge. The court extended the block on enforcement for 60 days and sent the case back to U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas.
The situation remains uncertain as other courts have also issued orders against the federal registration rule since May, affecting a significant number of people.