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 June 5, 2023

Judge blocks Biden admin's new gun restrictions

Fox News reports that a federal judge has just temporarily blocked the Biden administration's new regulation regarding pistols with stabilizing braces. 

The judge who issued the ruling on Wednesday is Judge Drew B. Tipton of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

The ruling regards the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) new stabilizing-brace rule. This rule was put forth by President Joe Biden in April 2021 following the Boulder, Colorado, grocery store massacre, which was carried out with a gun that had a stabilizing brace.

The rule requires owners of pistol stabilizing braces to register these weapons with the ATF. If such an individual does not, he or she could be charged with a felony. The non-complying individual could also be heavily fined.

According to the ATF, a stabilizing brace is an accessory "that provides a surface area that allows the weapon to be fired from the shoulder, so long as other factors indicate that the firearm is designed, made, and intended to be fired from the shoulder."

Under the Biden administration's new rule, a pistol with a stabilizing brace is categorized and thus gets treated like a short-barreled rifle.

The whole point of this is to allow the Biden administration to regulate weapons with stabilizing braces in the same manner as rifles. It is to push Biden and the left's gun control agenda.

ATF's new rule has faced significant pushback from gun rights groups, and the Biden administration is facing multiple lawsuits challenging the new rule.

One of the lawsuits is taking place in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Another is currently taking place at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

The Texas case is the one that is referred to at the outset of this article. There, Judge Tipton has granted a preliminary injunction that temporarily stops the Biden administration from moving forward with its new rule while the legality of the rule continues to be litigated.

Tipton's ruling came just before the new rule was set to go into effect.

In the other case, the Fifth Circuit has also stopped the ATF from enforcing the new rule against the plaintiffs.

But, herein lies the difference: the Texas case comes from the state of Texas, whereas the Fifth Circuit case comes from private individuals.

It remains to be seen whether the Biden administration will challenge Tipton's ruling.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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