In recent years, some manufacturers have manufactured and sold devices („stabilizer braces“) designed to be attached to large or heavy pistols, which are marketed to help a shooter „stabilize“ his arm to aid in one-handed shooting. The first person to submit forearm support to determine whether to change the classification of a „pistol“ told the ATF that „the AR15 pistol is very difficult to control with the precision one-handed posture due to the forward weight of the weapon and the recoil of NATO caliber projectiles 5.56, 7.62 or 7.62 [sic]x39.“  There, the Claimant explained that the intent of the orthosis was to facilitate the one-handed firing of the AR-15 pistol for people with limited strength or mobility due to a disability and to reduce bruising on the forearm when firing with one hand. According to this person, the concept of the corset was inspired by the needs of disabled veterans, who still love recreational shooting, but could not reliably control heavy guns without help. However, while some accessories marketed as „stabilizer pins“ may make it easier for a person to fire a firearm with one hand and would not lead to the conclusion that the firearm with the orthosis attached is a „rifle“, there are other accessories that are also marketed as „stabilizer pins“ and can be attached to a weapon platform, to circumvent the GCA and NFA sales bans. Unregistered delivery, transport or possession and taxation of „short-barrelled rifles“. As described below, the addition of an accessory marketed as the „stabilizer clamp“ to printed page 30828 does not guarantee that the resulting firearm will continue to be classified as a pistol. In fact, the classification of a firearm based on a limited or singular characteristic (i.e., The manufacturer`s marketing label states that the item is a „stabilizing corset,“ „the potential to be significantly too much or under-inclusive.“  5. The courts have recognized the dangerousness and uniqueness of NFA firearms and that possession of unregistered firearms poses a threat to the community. United States vs. Jennings, 195 F.3d 795, 799 (5th Cir. 1999) (Congress ruled that unregistered possession of NFA-regulated firearms should be prohibited because of „the near-inevitability that such possession will lead to violence“); see United States v. Cox, 906 F.3d 1170 (10th Cir.
2018) („[T]he historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons“ supported restricting Second Amendment protection to weapons that were „commonly used at the time of ratification.“ (City district of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 626-27 (2008)); United States v. Marzzarella, 614 F.3d 85, 95 (3rd Cir. 2010) (explains that a short-barrelled long gun is both dangerous and unusual because „its stealth promotes its use in illegal activities“ and „because of its increased ability to cause harm“); United States vs. Amos, 501 F.3d 524, 531 (6th Cir. 2007) (McKeague, J., deviant) („[A] A sawn shotgun can be hidden under a large shirt or coat. The combination of weak and somewhat blind accuracy, great destructive power and the ability to hide.
makes a sawed-off shotgun useful only for violence against another person, rather than, for example, against sports games. »); Bezet v. United States, 276 F. Supp.3d 576, 611-12 (E.D. La. 2017), aff`d, 714 F. App`x. 336 (5th Cir. 2017) („Prior to the passage of the NFA, Congress recognized that the country was struggling to control the violence of „gangsters, blackmailers, and professional criminals.“ Similar to the GCA, the NFA was passed by Congress to regulate a national system of regulating the sale, transmission, licensing, and manufacture of certain „dangerous weapons“ such as „machine guns, sawed-off rifles, sawed-off rifles, and other firearms, except for pistols and revolvers that can be hidden on individuals and silencers.“ The NFA targets „certain weapons that could be used for criminal purposes.“ “); United States v. Gonzalez, #2:10-cr-00967, 2011 WL 5288727, at *5 (D. Utah November 2, 2011) („Congress specifically stated that „short-barreled rifles are primarily weapons of war and do not have adequate sporting use or use for personal protection.“ (cited S. Rep.
No. 90-1501, at 28 (1968))). However, a bill has been introduced in the Senate to prevent the ATF from prosecuting pistol splints and firearms with shoulder straps. This is Bill S4069, known as the Pistol Brace Protection Act. The bill seeks to eliminate subjective standards on how the ATF produces most of its documents; subjective and open to interpretation. As the ATF focuses on more draconian laws on AR pistols, now it`s time to move on to the Maxim Defense pistol system. So where is the ATF on stretched AR guns? First, let`s go back to the difference between pistol straps and rifle shafts. From there, we`ll discuss the proposed new points system, what it means for you, and the options you have.
As in article 2 of the ATF ban on pistol splints, when the firearm scores 4 points or more, it cannot pass for a stretched pistol. There are possibilities, albeit very limited, that could cause an AR-15 pistol to meet these proposed new criteria, but they are very thin and exclude most options with weight restriction. Although it can technically be said that it does not completely prohibit the use of orthodontic stabilizers, it does make them functionally unusable in all but the most specific cases. The burden to consider is that the consumer is not protected retroactively, but is financially constrained to modify their firearms to meet the proposed new criteria. As mentioned earlier, ATF wants to help affected individuals or businesses and provides them with additional information to help them comply with federal laws and regulations. Below are options for people who may be affected when publishing a final rule. Train length. Train length is a common measure for firearms that describes the distance between the trigger and the center of the shoulder rod. This is a measure that can be used to match a firearm to a specific shooter.
In general, larger contactors require a longer pull length and shorter shooters require a shorter pull length. Adjustable shoulder stockings are usually available. Patents, promotional materials and other resources make it clear that adaptability is intended to facilitate the modification of train length.  Such measurements of train length are much less relevant when it comes to a pistol, as a shooter only needs a device that extends from the back of the firearm to the lower weapon. In this way, there are much fewer differences between shooters. A firearm with a „stabilizing orthosis“ collects more points the more it is positioned backwards, suggesting that it is intended to be used as a shoulder device. Firearms with a „stabilizer splint“ with a train length of less than 10 10 and a half inches do not accumulate points (zero). However, a train length between 101/2 but less than 111/2 inches will accumulate 1 point, while 111/2, but less than 121/2, will accumulate 2 points, 121/2 but below 131/2, accumulate 3 points, and a train length of 131/2 inches or more will accumulate 4 points, since this is a standard train length for rifles and is a crucial indicator of this, that the firearm should be fired from the shoulder.