A decision is scheduled to be made in January by the ATF regarding the regulation of pistol braces.

The Department of Justice recently declared in a court filing that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) intends to issue the Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached “Stabilizing Braces” as a final regulation in January 2023. This regulation was initially presented by the agency in June 2021 and is the most recent in a history of ATF guidance, rulings, and regulations with respect to firearms with attached stabilizing braces.

If adopted, the regulation would likely make most firearms with connected braces subject to the rules of the National Firearms Act (NFA). In addition, these regulations would bring about increased taxation, extended waiting times, and registration.

Since 2012, the ATF has maintained that having a stabilizing brace on a pistol or other firearm does not render the weapon subject to the National Firearms Act, as this type of brace was initially developed to help disabled veterans fire large-format pistols. This purpose was first noted by then-Vice President Joe Biden during his term alongside President Obama. The origin of stabilizing braces as a tool to aid disabled veterans has been documented by SB Tactical.