State lawmaker takes aim against firearms rule

Nash County’s new state legislator is taking a stand against enforcement of a new rule that restricts the use of stabilizing braces for pistols, calling it an unconstitutional federal overreach even with a rash of mass shootings across the country.

Republican state Rep. Allen Chesser, sworn in to his first term in the new District 25 this month, sent a letter Monday to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) expressing “deep concern and opposition to their new rule restricting stabilizing braces for pistols."

A stabilizing brace is an attachment that turns some pistols into short-barreled rifles under the new rule. Chesser said the rule has the potential to unjustly affect millions of law-abiding citizens, including disabled veterans for whom stabilizing braces were originally designed.

The rule is being challenged in a number of federal court cases, but the ATF says it is calling for citizens to comply with the new rule voluntarily, even as far as surrendering their weapons.


Rifle by Dylan Hunter is licensed under Unsplash
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