We covered the idea that the recent ATF movements to regulate AR pistol braces as NFA items would have some blowback of Trump support. There has been further development.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has temporarily backed off criminalizing a type of gun used by 3-4 million people in the United States until after the presidential election, likely stoking the issue of gun control.
The New Hampshire maker of a popular styled AR-15 “pistol” today said that the ATF suspended its surprise decision made last week to outlaw the gun, called the “Honey Badger” pistol.
Q, LLC told customers, “Our attorneys received a letter from ATF Chief Counsel Joel Roessner ‘temporarily suspending the Cease and Desist letter’ associated with the Honey Badger Pistol by Q. The letter states that the suspension, will remain in effect for a period of sixty (60) days … unless withdrawn or extended by ATF.’ The stated purpose of the suspension is to allow the Department of Justice an opportunity, ‘to further review the applicability of the National Firearms Act to the manufacture and transfer of the model Honey Badger Pistol firearm.’”
It said the move will delay, though not reverse, the earlier cease and desist until after the election, a tactic the company decried.
“We believe this 60-day suspension is an effort to put manufacturers, distributors, and consumers at ease, and to postpone the issue past the presidential election in hopes that a new administration will take a different view,” said the company, adding, “using licensees as political pawns is unbecoming of a regulatory agency and ignoring the underlying evaluation in this letter is simply irresponsible. Q will not succumb to this level or irresponsibility. Therefore, without further clarification from ATF on their evaluation, we will not continue manufacturing the Honey Badger Pistol.”
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Trump officials had been concerned that it would look like the president’s team was targeting the weapon in a move that could turn the 3-4 million owners into felons unless they dismantled or changed their weapons.
However, it is expected that if Joe Biden wins election, the ATF will move forward, likely targeting all of the makers of AR pistols, and even ban the AR-15, dubbed by liberals as an assault weapon.
Well this is fascinating. The article clearly says that “Trump officials had been concerned …”
So apparently they took notice, and noted that this would involve millions of gun owners should this interpretation become finalized.
The article also hints at the fact that the ATF believes that pistol braces violate the NFA, and want to push this in a potential upcoming administration.
They’re banking on a specific election outcome, and clearly signaling their intentions.
Trump officials should have divorced themselves from Wayne LaPierre and taken notice much earlier concerning their bump stock ban. That involves half a million bump stock owners who became felons overnight.
They’re slow to react and have poor character judgment, not to mention poor proclivities regarding the 2A.
But of course, a Biden administration would be worse, and the ATF knows it. They have the cover they need should the election outcome go their way.