Prepare yourself for the tragicomic saga of the stabilizing pistol brace. It’s been a real debacle, I tell you. First, they’re all thumbs up, saying “Go ahead, brace yourselves!” Then they pull the rug out, not by flexing their legislative muscles, mind you, but by turning the dictionary inside out and redefining what a brace is and does.
For those of you in the dark, let’s shine a light on the whole brace brouhaha.
Way back in 2013, the folks at SB Tactical introduced the pistol brace. Picture this: It’s like a crutch for your gun. It was designed to help disabled veterans fire without a traditional stock, improving control and accuracy. It took off faster than a squirrel on caffeine among the shooting community.
This whole brainwave came from Alex Bosco, a co-founder of SB Tactical. Bosco’s friend, a disabled veteran, was having a devil of a time handling an AR-15-style pistol. In a true Eureka moment, Bosco comes up with this forearm brace to stabilize the gun, and voila! Problem solved.
Bosco, being a good citizen, runs this by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and they give it the green light. It’s a brace, not a stock, they say. And thus, the pistol brace craze begins.
Then, trouble in paradise. After a few rotten apples used the brace in high-profile shootings, some politicians started barking up the “ban the brace” tree. Congress, however, had as much interest in passing that legislation as a cat does in a bath. Dead end.
So then, in comes the Biden Administration, swinging its executive power like a baseball bat, compelling the ATF to reclassify the braces as a stock, essentially throwing them into the illegal bin without special approval.
In a grand game of “telephone,” a bunch of Democrats tried to back up this change, spreading more confusion than a GPS with a bad signal. There was Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, mixing up pistol braces with automatic weapons on the House floor like someone reading from a confusing IKEA manual.
And then, our somewhat forgetful President, delivering a brace description that was less accurate than a weather forecast.
Folks, slapping a brace on your firearm doesn’t turn your Pez dispenser into a bazooka, nor does it change the kind of candy – I mean, bullets – it fires.
So, what’s the real-world impact of this ATF hoopla? Despite the media’s obsession, brace-equipped guns have been involved in less than 1/100th of one percent of mass shootings. It’s like blaming spoons for obesity. The real losers here? Disabled veterans who relied on these devices. Because of this debacle, they might have to bid adieu to their beloved two-handed platforms.
In a plot twist, some judges have stepped up, trying to put the brakes on the ATF’s regulation. So now, the future of the pistol brace is as clear as mud. Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of “As the Brace Turns.”