Newton, N.C. The ATF notified-Vegetius Firearms of a Federal Register Notice titled “Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with Stabilizing Braces.” The Notice publishes the ATF’s objective factors when evaluating firearms with an attached stabilizing brace to determine whether they are considered firearms under the National Firearms Act and the Gun Control Act.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) is publishing the objective factors it considers when evaluating firearms with an attached stabilizing brace to determine whether they are considered firearms under the National Firearms Act (“NFA”) and the Gun Control Act (“GCA”). ATF publishes this Notice to inform and invite comment from the industry and public on the proposed guidance, Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with “Stabilizing Braces,” before issuing a final document. Upon giving final advice, ATF will provide additional information to aid persons and companies complying with Federal laws and regulations.
This Notice also outlines ATF’s enforcement priorities regarding persons who, before the publication of this Notice, made or acquired, in good faith, firearms equipped with a stabilized brace.
Finally, this Notice previews ATF’s and the Department of Justice’s plan to subsequently implement a separate process for current possessors of stabilizer-equipped firearms to choose to register such guns in compliance with the NFA, including an expedited application process and the retroactive exemption of such firearms from the collection of NFA taxes.
Vegetius Firearms encourages that its customers provide public comment to the ATF to discourage this action.
The general public may submit comments online identified by docket number ATF 2020R10, using the following methods—
Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Mail: Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Ave. NE, Mail Stop 6N518, Washington DC 20226; ATTN: ATF 2020R-10.
Fax: (202) 648-9741.
For more information visit – https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2020-27857.pdf