CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is co-leading a coalition of 27 state attorneys general in urging Congress to schedule a vote on a resolution involving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ rule regarding pistol stabilizing braces.
The coalition sent a letter to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy Thursday concerning the Congressional Review Act resolution for the ATF’s final rule—Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached Stabilizing Braces—urging the scheduling of a vote early “enough to complete the CRA process before the rule’s May 31, 2023, registration deadline.”
“Although we have filed a lawsuit challenging the pistol brace rule—and have sought preliminary injunctive relief—the matter is too important to be left to the courts,” Attorney General Morrisey and the coalition wrote.
In February, Attorney General Morrisey led a coalition of 25 states and others in challenging the rule as unlawful, arbitrary and capricious. The coalition’s motion to preliminarily enjoin the rule remains pending.
“ATF’s final rule is nothing more than an effort to undermine Americans’ Second Amendment rights,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This is an egregious final rule turning millions of common firearms accessories into ‘short barreled rifles.’ This is a completely nonsensical regulation.”