GOA wants vote overturning pistol brace rule

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The ATF’s decision to reverse its decision on pistol braces for AR-style pistols has ruffled a lot of feathers, for obvious reasons.

Two court cases have issued limited injunctions on the enforcement of the rules, which suggests that there’s at least some merit in legal minds that the arguments that the rule is unconstitutional.


Yet the courts take time. Gun Owners of America want to see another action taken and they want to see it right now.

The June 1 deadline for a new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) rule banning pistol braces is looming, and gun rights groups are pressuring House Republican leadership to schedule a vote to block it, giving Democrats that represent pro-gun states a tough choice to make.

Earlier this year, Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., along with 188 Republican cosponsors, introduced a resolution disapproving of the rule under the U.S. code that dictates congressional oversight of agency rulemaking. The resolution was passed by the House Judiciary Committee, but has yet to be taken up by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for a full floor vote.

Gun Owners of America (GOA), a gun rights advocacy group that has also sued the government along with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, says that action from Republican lawmakers is a political opportunity to force a vote on vulnerable Democrats in gun-friendly states.

“With 189 House Republicans and 47 senators already signed onto the measure to block this rule, pro-gun politicians have a great opportunity to force vulnerable Democrats to vote on whether Joe Biden can charge their constituents with felonies on June 1st, simply for keeping their lawfully acquired pistols,” Aidan Johnston, GOA’s Director of Federal Affairs, said in a statement to Fox News Digital.


GOA understands that Biden would likely veto such a resolution, of course, but hopes that it would help send a signal to the courts.

Personally, I’m not sure it would, but it couldn’t hurt.

What it would do, though, is be a gut punch to Biden’s anti-gun ambitions.

Right now, a lot of people–likely including Biden–still think gun control can be passed in this Congress. If a measure seeking to overturn the pistol brace ban were to get through, it would be a signal that no, gun control isn’t likely to fly here and now.

Speaker McCarthy has a choice to make.

What’s more, a lot of Republicans are upset at his caving on the debt ceiling by agreeing to raise it without substantial cuts. If he doesn’t want to lose them, he needs to make some moves that the right will approve of. Overturning the pistol brace ban could well be a prime opportunity to do just that.

And while it’s unlikely to succeed long-term due to the inevitability of a presidential veto, it still needs to happen. After all, I may well be wrong and it will send a signal to the courts.


Further, it’ll suggest that any pistol brace ban will be short-lived, and as soon as the GOP has the necessary seats and the White House, it will be overturned legislatively–something the ATF is powerless to do anything about.

Either way, it’ll be over.

As it should be.

So yes, I agree that McCarthy needs to bring this up for a vote. What’s more, he needs to do it right now.

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