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January 30, 2023

ATF Q&A: Licensing

When does the ATF Ruling Regarding Arm Braces go into effect?

This rule is effective the date it is published in the Federal Register.  Any weapons with “stabilizing braces” or similar attachments that constitute rifles under the NFA must be registered no later than 120 days after date of publication in the Federal Register; or the short barrel removed and a 16-inch or longer rifle barrel attached to the firearm; or permanently remove and dispose of, or alter, the “stabilizing brace” such that it cannot be reattached; or the firearm is turned in to your local ATF office. Or the firearm is destroyed.

Please note that this is the text of the final rule as signed by the Attorney General, but the official version of the final rule will be as it is published in the Federal Register. The rule will go into effect once it is published in the Federal Register, and is currently scheduled to be published on January 31, 2023.

Read the Official Final Rule Here

Find more information from the ATF here


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Virtual Training For FFL On Stabilizing Brace

ATF invites you to participate in a virtual training directed at FFLs to assist you in better understanding the Final Rule. Training will be conducted through WebEx on the following dates/times:

  • Tuesday, January 31st: 10am ET – 11:30am ET
  • Tuesday, January 31st: 2pm ET – 3:30pm ET
  • Wednesday, February 1st: 10am ET – 11:30am ET
  • Wednesday, February 1st: 2pm ET – 3:30pm ET

Learn more and register here.