BREAKING: Fifth Circuit Issues Injunction Against ATF Brace Rule

Firearm Policy Coalition (FPC) is reporting that the Fifth Circuit court has issued an injunction pending appeal in the ATF’s Brace Ban. The ATF2021-08F rule requiring most pistol brace equipped firearms to be registered as SBRs, have the brace removed, have a longer barrel added, or be destroyed is likely going to be put on hold until sides have plead their cases to completion and the courts issue final ruling.

Given that courts have tossed the bumpstock ban as having been improperly done the likelihood the brace rule gets tossed too is also fairly substantial.

What it means

Injunction means the rule is suspended in some manner until the case proceeds. What this will likely mean (I’ll update once I know) is that the May 31st deadline to register your firearm or otherwise render it compliant will no longer be the last day, the registry will likely be forced to remain in an open amnesty state until final determination. You will also not be required to alter or destroy your firearm in one of the prescribed manners until a final case determination is in place.

If the rule is allowed to remain in place a new amnesty period will likely be ordered by the court.

All of that is speculation at present. We will update upon clarification.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.