Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced yesterday that the Fifth Circuit Court granted an injunction pending appeal in the case of Mock v. Garland. FPC has been battling in the Fifth Circuit to challenge the ATF’s ruling in January of 2023 that reclassified braced pistols as NFA-regulated short-barreled rifles, which not only circumvented Congress but has placed millions of gun owners in danger of becoming felons. 

The Congressional Research Service estimates there may be as many as 40 million braces in the wild, and with a looming deadline of May 31, 2023, when the law is set to take effect, the importance of this injunction cannot be understated. Currently, FPC is seeking to clarify who is covered under the scope of the Injunction, but regardless the energy is high in anticipation.

“We are very excited and encouraged by the Fifth Circuit's decision this morning," said Cody J. Wisniewski, Senior Attorney for Constitutional Litigation at FPC Action Foundation. "We intend to ask the Court for additional information about who is covered under the injunction but cannot stress enough just how important this decision is. The fight is far from over, but this is a huge victory in the battle against the ATF's unconstitutional and unlawful brace rule!" 

In addition to the wide number of braced pistols in circulation, a clear distaste for this ruling was shown in public comments collected by the ATF. Some 217,000 of the total 237,000 comments were opposed to the new ruling. 

FPC works tirelessly to preserve the rights and freedoms of Americans across the country, and this type of action wouldn’t be possible without grassroots support and donations from readers like you. Please consider giving if you are financially able. 

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