The gun control fact sheet distributed by the White House claims AR-pistols with stabilizer braces are “concealable,” and cited that alleged concealability as a reason the firearms should face a higher level of regulation.
The White House fact sheet says: “The alleged shooter in the Boulder tragedy last month appears to have used a pistol with an arm brace, which can make a firearm more stable and accurate while still being concealable.”
The word “concealable” is relative, at best, in this context, and perhaps misleading. While it is certain that some AR-pistols with stabilizer braces can be concealed in tall backpacks or other bags, they cannot be concealed on a person’s body the same way a traditional pistol or revolver can.
During his speech, Biden also claimed that AR-pistols are “more lethal” if they have a stabilizer brace. He did not provide an explanation for his claim of greater lethality.
Biden’s end goal is to have AR-pistols with stabilizer braces placed under the purview of the National Firearms Act. This could mean that owners of such firearms would be required to be fingerprinted and photographed, undergo a background check and pay a $200 tax to the federal government, register their firearm with the ATF, and wait nine to ten months for that entire purchasing process to take place.
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