Opinion: Ban on Stabilizing Braces Creates Millions of Felons Overnight in U.S.

The Ruling by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Department of Justice is dismissive of the U.S. Constitution ─ as well as violating the Americans with Disabilities Act says Adams Arms president, Jason East. Banning stabilizing braces, an accessory, creates 10-40 million criminals overnight, a number which includes a significant portion of disabled veterans for whom the stabilizing brace was developed.

In 2012, Army veteran Alex Bosco invented the pistol stabilizing brace to allow better control of a firearm by wounded veterans and to enable them to take more accurate shots. He sent the design to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for approval. The ATF approved it for use on an AR15 pistol ─ to make handling firearms easier for people in need, such as these disabled veterans. The invention was welcomed by many, and pistol braces sold in huge numbers. “Who would consider reneging on this operation-enhancing accessory designed for U.S. veterans? Unfortunately, our own U.S. government,” states Adams Arms President, Jason East. The ATF is pushing for, and the Department of Justice has passed a ruling banning the stabilizing arm braces. (1)

There are an estimated 393 million firearms owned by 72 million American civilians – or roughly 40% of Americans. (2) “If stabilizing braces are banned, the result would be millions of Americans becoming criminals overnight, including many disabled veterans,” points out East. For Rick Cicero, an Army veteran who lost his right arm and leg in an explosion in Afghanistan, it would take away his purpose in life: firearms instruction and veteran rehabilitation. He argues that the ruling violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. (3) 

For definition, a pistol has a barrel shorter than 16 inches and a rifle has a minimum length of 16 inches. A buttstock or stock is designed to allow support of a rifle when held against the shoulder to offset recoil. A stabilizing brace is designed to add support when held against the forearm or bend of the elbow for single hand operation of a pistol. In the ruling the stabilizer brace would be legal when serialized and attached to a pistol, but banned on a short barrel rifle (SBR). If a firearm has been converted to a short-barreled rifle manufacturers would be required to remove the braces and individual owners would need to do the same – or surrender the converted firearm. “The mere use of ‘surrender’ in the ruling language suggests a time a period in the U.S. in which tyranny tried to rule – before the U.S. Constitution became law,” argues East.

At a time when crime is sweeping through major cities, some governors and their state legislatures want to pass complete firearms bans and drastic measures, leaving the welfare of law abiding citizens at the mercy of criminals.(4) “We are a nation of laws, but these new laws banning firearms will only favor criminals,” points out East.  In addition to New York’s repeal of the state’s Conceal and Carry Act which dismisses the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois recently passed a ban on automatic assault weapons which also includes a requirement that owners of semi-automatic AR-15’s register their firearms with the state. (5)  

East questions the motives and common sense in the U.S. government ban on the sale of  stabilizing braces. He feels they should have left stabilizing braces, which are accessories, alone. He wants to see the stabilizing braces remain on pistols, as designed. As an advocate for the U.S. Constitution, he warns “Do not take tyrannical steps by making criminals out of millions of law-abiding citizens, including millions of disabled veterans. This is a dangerous precedent and one reminiscent of times in the early history of the U.S. when a government tried to threaten citizen’s lives.”

About Adams Arms
In a changing nation where the fastest growing markets of first-time gun owners are millennials, women and people of color, the old public impression of gun owners has faded. Skill proficiency, adventure and empowerment are spearheading the sharp demand for firearms and ammunition, while personal and home defense continues to be a driving force. Adams Arms, headquartered in Brooksville, Florida, is the face of reliable, clean, and cooler AR15 firearms operation with its patented piston drive action—favorites of gun enthusiasts across the country. Known for their years of parts experience and their engineering and design prowess, their Retro-Fit system can be installed by owners or piston-action arms can be purchased new. Adams Arms’ proprietary PVD and Melonite® process and their lifetime warranty make their lineup of products dependable for years to come. Adams Arms are there when it counts the most. Visit https://adamsarms.net/



  1. Slattery, Gram and Heavey. “New Rule on Pistol Attachments to Boost Gun Safety, U.S. Justice Department Says”, Reuters, 13 January 2023, reuters.com/world/us/new-rule-pistol-attachments-boost-gun-safety-us-justice-department-says-2023-01-13/.
  2. Dunn, Lisa. “How Many People in the U.S. Own Guns?”, WAMU American University Radio, 18 September 2020, wamu.org/story/20/09/18/how-many-people-in-the-u-s-own-guns/.
  3. Paul, Ashley. “Disabled Veteran Says the Pistol Stabilizing Brace Helped Him Find Purpose”, Spectrum Bay News 9, 18 January 2023, baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2021/08/24/dissabled-vet-advocates-for-the-controversial-pistol-stabilizing-brace?web=1&wdLOR=cAA94C393-F4AD-4781-8780-68A3A9F7F504.
  4. Staff Writer. “Stefanik, Tenney Reintroduce Resolution Condemning Hochul’s Concealed Carry Law as Unconstitutional”, Stefanik House.gov, 17 January 2023, stefanik.house.gov/press-releases?ID=09143191-AEE7-4F50-A65B-182B007BD17F.
  5. Mizelle, Shawna. “Illinois Governor Signs Extensive Ban on Firearms and High-Capacity Magazines”, CNN, 11 January 2023, cnn.com/2023/01/11/politics/illinois-firearms-law/index.html.
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