Senator Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee, is spearheading an effort to safeguard the Second Amendment against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) recent pistol brace regulation. On February 27th, along with thirteen other Republican senators and numerous House Republicans, she submitted an amicus brief to the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. The brief argues that the ATF’s latest regulation violates the Second Amendment and was not approved by Congress.
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Blackburn, Congressional Republicans File Amicus Brief Challenging ATF Pistol Brace Rule https://t.co/rHOHeoXnPQ
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The rule would make it illegal for anyone without a certain license to own a firearm with a stabilizing brace, and those who don’t register their firearms with the stabilizing braces could face felony charges. This is an egregious overreach by the ATF and a direct violation of the Second Amendment.
Senator Blackburn stated, “The Second Amendment is not up for discussion, and it applies to all law-abiding adult citizens equally. This includes veterans and people with disabilities who need help to use their rights. The Constitution does not give the ATF the power to go around Congress and deny certain people that freedom. Their new pistol brace rule is a classic example of a government agency going too far, and my colleagues and I want the Court to throw it out.”
The battle for gun rights continues, with several Republican legislators resisting the ATF’s rule. In September 2022, Senator Roger Marshall from Kansas proposed a bill to safeguard the Second Amendment rights of Americans by preventing the ATF from creating a registry for firearms equipped with stabilizing braces. Meanwhile, Democrats are working towards enacting legislation to curb gun trafficking, prohibit the import, sale, transfer, manufacture, or possession of high-capacity magazines, raise the minimum age for purchasing certain rifles from 18 to 21, and promote safer storage of firearms.
It is clear that the ATF’s new pistol brace rule is an attack on the Second Amendment and an attempt to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens. Senator Blackburn and her colleagues are fighting hard to protect our rights and ensure that the Constitution is upheld. It is essential that we continue to defend our Second Amendment rights and fight against any attempts to infringe upon them.
Source: The Daily Caller