Our attorney says we should pass this along ASAP. Who are we to question our lawyer when we’re in Vegas (especially if he is also in Vegas, and he has all the hookups for the forthcoming AVN awards)? Anyway, Alex Bosco (inventor of the Sig Brace), Sig Sauer, and a number of other people are as you can imagine quite stirred up about the recent ruling by the BATFE. Here’s some of what they have to say, courtesy of SB Tactical and Sig Sauer. Mad Duo
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL – issues the following statement for attribution to Alex Bosco, Founder, CEO and Inventor of the SB Tactical Stabilizing Brace:
“The Stabilizing Brace was conceptualized to assist a disabled war veteran in shooting the AR pistol the way that it was intended; safely and accurately. The finalized design is for people with limited mobility due to a handicap or the lack of strength to fire AR pistols in compliance with the Gun Control Act.
Thousands of individuals have been physically empowered by the Stabilizing Brace to better control and safely handle shooting a pistol, including law enforcement officers, border patrol agents and veterans.
The ATF has been inconsistent in their approach to this accessory. As the Inventor of the Stabilizing Brace, the product has never been ‘designed or redesigned, made or remade, or intended to be fired from the shoulder.’ The latest opinion issued prohibits people from freely using a legal product, restricting how shooters position the pistol, and is contrary to the intent and statutory language enacted by the U.S. Congress.
SB Tactical continues to consult with industry leaders and other critical stakeholders on next steps in this process.”
From Sig Sauer:
“As reaffirmed in an Open Letter by ATF’s Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division dated January 16, 2015, the Pistol Stabilizing Brace (SB15 and SBX) is legal to own, legal to purchase, and legal to install on a pistol. SIG SAUER® believes that the PSB improves the single-handed shooting performance of buffer tube equipped pistols, and offers the product both as an accessory and pre-installed on a number of pistols.
The Open Letter goes further to rescind a previous private letter regarding the ‘intent’ of the user of the pistol stabilizing brace. In the letter of January 16, 2015, ATF opines that a person’s actual use of the product as a shoulder stock can change the legal classification of the product. However, the Open Letter explicitly states: “ATF hereby confirms that if used as designed—to assist shooters in stabilizing a handgun while shooting with a single hand—the device is not considered a shoulder stock and therefore may be attached to a handgun without making a NFA firearm.
We question ATF’s reversal in position that the classification of the brace may be altered by its use. We are reviewing the legal precedents and justification for this position, and will address our concerns with ATF in the near future.
We will vigorously defend the classification of all of our products and our consumers’ right to use them in accordance with the law. If we find that the open letter opinion is outside the scope of the law, we will seek further review.”
We still think a class action lawsuit would be awesome!
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