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SB Tactical Announces Reversal of ATF Open Letter on the Use of SB Tactical Pistol Stabilizing Braces

Saint Petersburg, Fla. (April, 25, 2017) – SB Tactical™, inventors and manufacturers of the Pistol Stabilizing Brace®, is excited to announce that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) has issued SB Tactical a reversal letter containing a sensible clarification of the Bureau’s position on the lawful use of SB Tactical braces.

The new clarification of opinion letter states, “an NFA firearm has not necessarily been made when the device is not reconfigured for use as a shoulder stock – even if the attached firearm happens to be fired from the shoulder. To the extent that the January 2015 Open Letter implied or has been construed to hold that incidental, sporadic, or situational “use” of an arm-brace (in its original approved configuration) equipped firearm from a firing position at or near the shoulder was sufficient to constitute “redesign,” such interpretations are incorrect and not consistent with ATF’s interpretation of the statute or the manner in which it has historically been enforced.”

SB Tactical, along with the law offices of Mark Barnes & Associates, have worked tirelessly for more than two years to correct what they believed to be an inaccurate interpretation of “redesign,” related to the Pistol Stabilizing Brace. “It has always been our belief that the addition of our Pistol Stabilizing Brace benefits shooters, both disabled and able-bodied, and that neither strapping it to your arm nor shouldering a brace equipped pistol would constitute ‘redesign’ of a pistol to a NFA firearm”, said Alex Bosco, inventor, founder and CEO of SB Tactical. “We are strongly encouraged by the ATF’s reversal of opinion and commend their willingness to continually review policy, including their own opinions, to ensure public safety and the fulfillment of their mission.”

Both SB Tactical and Mark Barnes & Associates are proud to be at the forefront of protecting and preserving the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. Mark Barnes echoed Bosco’s praise of the ATF’s new guidance and stated that “it’s clear that the Bureau has no intention or desire to prosecute law abiding citizens using SB Tactical Pistol Stabilizing Braces. Their decision to act should be commended.”

Here is a copy of the letter from the ATF.

Stabilizing Brace Letter

Barnes – Stabilizing Brace Letter – Final 3.21.17[9]


8 Responses to “SB Tactical Announces Reversal of ATF Open Letter on the Use of SB Tactical Pistol Stabilizing Braces”

  1. Doctor Gonzo says:

    What does this mean in plain english? Can we now shoulder a brace legally?

  2. P.J. says:

    The idea that shouldering a device not designed to be shouldered redesigned or remade the firearm was absurd. Glad the ATF clarified this. Still it shouldn’t have taken two years, especially considering the immense confusion about stabilizing braces some of the previous letters have caused (partly due to almost every gun blog writter thinking his an administrative law expert).

  3. Stefan S. says:

    NFA is antiquated and absurd. Congrats to SB tactical and their attorneys.

  4. Blackbeard says:

    It’s sort of like the gov’t tricking us into believing $2.50 a gallon for gas is cheap.

    • PTMcCain says:

      Hate to burst your bubble, Blackbeard. Check out what $2.50 was worth in 1965, 1975 and 1985.

      Yes, $2.50 is cheap.

      Better luck whining next time.

    • Yawnz says:

      You got evidence of cited gov’t trickery or nah?

  5. Bill says:

    Okay. Let’s queue the idiots that will now be submitting determination letters by the hundreds to ATF to say yes your pistol is a pistol. And let us not forget that what kicked this off was the hordes of tactical diptards that watched Matlock once and then started sending pics of their short barreled shotguns and “pistols” with forward grips attached to ATF.

    We do it to ourselves