As of January 13th, 2023, the ATF released its final rule regarding pistol braces and the firearms they are attached to, and it’s just as bad as we expected.
The new rule change is long, sitting at just 293 pages making it difficult for the average American citizen to read and interpret.
To read it for yourself CLICK HERE.
The meat of the issue however is simple, if you own an AR-15-style pistol with a brace, the ATF may now consider it an SBR, subject to all the tyrannical policies and regulations that come with that.
The ATF was gracious enough however to allow for a 120-day amnesty period, in which you can register your firearms, destroy your property, or surrender your freedom to them.
However, Congress still has the means to address this and other oversteps, by using the Congressional Review Act and calling into question these actions and the lack of statutory authority that this agency has to make them.
Even though there are multiple 2A legal entities drafting up lawsuits, it could take years to make it to the Supreme Court for a final ruling. In the meantime, however, what do we do?
5 Ways To Comply With The ATF Pistol Brace Rule
The ATF and DOJ mention 5 different options to deal with this unconstitutional ruling.
- Permanently remove or alter the brace such that it cannot be reattached
- Remove the short barrel and attach a 16-inch or longer barrel
- Destroy the firearm
- Turn the firearm into your local ATF office
- Complete and submit ATF Form 1 along with the $200 tax payment (There is no $200 fee during the 120-day amnesty period)
There is however another option. It’s been somewhat of a sleeper but is already on the market. That option is the Maxim Defense Pistol System.
Maxim Defense Pistol System
The benefit of going with a buffer tube brace system such as the Maxim Defense Pistol system is that you don’t have to deal with any legal ambiguity.
The ATF, as of the date of this writing, has not hinted that they might want to reclassify AR pistols as SBRs when there is no brace involved.
To ensure you’re 100% legal with your AR pistol, you can install a pistol buffer tube on your AR if it doesn’t already have one.
The buffer tube brace design still gives you a third point of contact on your cheek but is designed in a way that it does not resemble a stock and cannot be shouldered.
The Maxim Defense Pistol System is a perfect alternative to a pistol brace. I have the Gen 7 CQB Pistol System for my AR pistol. It’s extremely easy to install and with practice, easy to shoot with.