This is the ATF. They are not your friend. The permissions they give you are based on a nothing more than an opinion which so happens to carry the weight of law.
So why have they been so cool lately? Your sig brace can be legally shouldered now, yipee! Double triggers are legal, whooo! Thank you ATF for giving us the simple pleasures of life in the form of half ass full auto and a half ass butt stock. Thank you SOOO MUCH ATF.
This is the ATF. Why do they care? Why are they permissive for NFA leaning workarounds?
The mind wonders.
Nine years from now they release a new statement. Your pistol is in violation of the NFA and braces are no longer legal.
“It is in the opinion of the ATF technical branch that the sig brace and similar products attempts to get around the spirit of the law and constitute a NFA item.”
“Because we at the ATF are nice guys, we will give you six months to stamp your pistols and get the paperwork over to the office… you know, because we are nice guys.” – signed Heywoodjablome ATF Goon.
There it is. Suddenly you have a few options. Register your pistol and pay a $200 dollar tax, buy a barrel and convert it to a rifle, destroy the sig brace, or become a felon. That’s *if* the ATF gives us all those options.
If they can form an opinion that “once a NFA item, always a NFA item” then we should be much more pessimistic.
If that’s the approach they take, then they have a strong hand. They just need to get a serial number from your AR’s manufacturer and check to see if that rifle was shipped in pistol form with a brace.
At this point in the future, AR pistols have proliferated into the millions… and this is just ARs we are talking about. Think of all the other sig braced designs that have debuted over the years.
Register? Never! “I BUILT MINE. NO PAPER TRAIL” you scream! You jump online to search for a barrel to convert your AR into a rifle. Suddenly everything is sold out. The shelves are barren. The new “opinion” caught the industry off guard and there aren’t enough barrels to keep up with the sudden demand.
The ATF form 1 doesn’t run out of stock, and the stamp costs around the price of the barrel.
Welcome to the registry friend.
Having a few million addresses, fingers, and pictures on file plus several million in the treasury would sure look good to any democrat in office.