After a little Googling. I believe the the Boston Field Division of the ATF oversees and includesSome good perspective here:
If the gun it’s on has a barrel shorter than 16 inches it’ll be difficult for anyone who owns what is now considered an AR pistol. You can’t just swap a regular stock on it legally without SBRing and filing a form 1. This will be trickier than the bump stock.I dont own any braces never have. That being said. They appear to be small and plastic. I’m guessing most people will just hide or bury theirs for future use. Really won’t accomplish anything.
In that case simply remove the barrel. and run a longer barrel in the mean time . Maybe a14.5” w. a pinned muzzle device .Problem solved. Barrels can be swapped in a matter of minutes . Shouldn’t be an issue . Bump stocks are nothing more than a couple of pieces of plastic. Most people would have no idea what they were even looking at if it were uninstalled.If the gun it’s on has a barrel shorter than 16 inches it’ll be difficult for anyone who owns what is now considered an AR pistol. You can’t just swap a regular stock on it legally without SBRing and filing a form 1. This will be trickier than the bump stock.
"The Justice Department, within 60 days, will issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act."April 8,2021 - News reports indicate that Biden will direct DOJ to issue a proposed rule within 60 days that makes clear a device marketed as a stabilizing brace, which effectively allows a pistol to operate as a short-barreled rifle, is subject to NFA
If you're in a state in which it's legal to register a short-barreled-rifle, then yeah you'll need that money for the tax stamp if you're okay with registering....or just shoot the gun with a bare tube.I said in a different thread that I've been looking strongly at buying an AR pistol with a brace, but now maybe I'm glad to have saved my $$$. TG
I disagree to an extent...what 'should' have been done is specifically not what Biden has done today. For the past 6-8 years these braces have been legal as unregulated even though they can be used just like an actual stock, with actual written approval from the ATF that they can be legally shouldered. Crime has not been shown to have risen because of them (which the NFA's inclusion of SBR's was intended to guard against), we haven't seen a new class of concealed-rifle-caliber-pistol criminal or crimes unique to that format...the CO shooter could have committed the same crime with a rifle or shotgun or pistol, so it wouldn't have been prevented by a regulation or restriction on braced pistols. The ATF SHOULD acknowledge that a restriction on unregulated short-barreled rifles is arbitrary and ineffective on crime....specifically BECAUSE braces can be used identically and have had plenty of opportunities and availability to create a new wave, but haven't...and do nothing to regulate these braced pistols, just like the last 6-8 years That's what SHOULD have happened.Two options
Get the rubber tip of a cane or crutch put it on the end of the tube and be done.
Do what you should have done originally and form 1 the thing.
The portability is nice especially for transporting or carrying/shooting indoors. But the muzzle blast from a short barrel with 5.56 is brain-scramblingly loud and concussive, even with hearing protection. That's why they're so attractive as suppressor platforms, especially in 300 Blackout where the bullet is not only larger and slower, but the powder charge is pretty much burnt up after 10 inches as opposed to a 5.56 which still has powder burning past 18-20 inches! Hence the enormous blast from pretty much any barrel shorter than 14.5 - 16 inches. Forward-diverting muzzle devices do help with that to some degree, if you can't use a suppressor.I've been looking closely at getting one also. But, I agree, not worth the money now. I was at my local gun store this afternoon and they still have several for sale. TG