Federal Court Vacates ATF’s Final Rule on Pistol Braces

Federal Court Vacates ATF’s Final Rule on Pistol Braces

The federal court for Northern District of Texas has issued a ruling that vacates, at least for the time being, the ATF’s rule outlawing pistol braces. In his ruling, Federal Judge Reed O’Connor explained his reasoning for the Judgement:


“the Final Rule violated the Administrative Procedures Act’s procedural requirements because it was arbitrary and capricious and was not a logical outgrowth of the Proposed Rules.

O’Connor also denied the Defendants’ Cross Motion for Summary Judgement in Vacating the Final Rule and denied all subsequent claims as “moot.”

Mock v. Garland, was brought by the Firearms Policy Coalition, two individual FPC members, and Maxim Defense.


Definitely a “win” against the ATF and its spate of rulings against lawful gun owners, this is likely not the end of the matter. An ATF appeal of Judge O’Connor’s ruling will putting it back into the courts. But we’ll keep you posted.

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