Well, the Pistol Brace Era has Ended (at least for now)
With the 120-day amnesty period allowed by the ATF to register, modify, turn in, or destroy the estimated 3 million to 40 million large format pistols equipped with stabilizing braces now expired, starting June 1st those who have one could face up to 10 years in federal prison plus $10K in fines if caught and prosecuted.
According to Stephen Gutowski over at the Reload, “As of June 1, 2023, ATF received 255,162 applications for tax-free registration” of SBRs, or a slim figure that falls somewhere between 0.6 percent and eight percent of the braces out there.
Odds are, the bulk of the other estimated 2.75-to-39.75 million unregistered SBRs (braces) still exist in some form unless they were modified by the user, handed in, or destroyed to be compliant.
Three cases are underway challenging the ATF’s final brace rule in assorted federal courts, with preliminary injunctions valid for some members of Second Amendment groups (SAF, FPC, and GOA but importantly not NRA which has a case but not an injunction) as well as some others, so stay tuned for the outcome of these cases.