The ATF has decided that Q’s “Honey Badger”, “Sugar Weasel”, and “Mini Fix” pistol with stabilizing brace is actually a short-barreled rifle and therefore subject to the National Firearms Act (NFA).
Apparently, ATF notified Q back in August that they have changed their designation of the Honey Badger with a pistol brace as a “pistol” and is now considered a short-barrelled rifle. Q has submitted paperwork disagreeing with the decision, but has not yet heard back from the ATF and just today sent out a letter to registered Q owners. (see TTAG article for full text).
Snippet from the ATF letter, emphasis mine:
The Honey Badger Pistol is equipped with a proprietary “pistol stabilizing brace” accessory made by SB Tactical. The firearm has an overall length of approximately 20-25 inches and a barrel length of approximately 7 inches. The objective design features of the Honey Badger firearm, configured with the subject stabilizing brace, indicate the firearm is designed and intended to be fired from the shoulder.
Why is this important?
This immediately makes every owner of one of the 3 models in violation of the NFA and subject to years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines unless they take steps.
This makes previously purchased property now illegal, now subject to $200 tax and much paperwork if you’d like to keep it. The precedent was set when the ruling on bumpstocks was arbitrarily changed by the ATF from legal to not-legal and very little fuss was made because no one really cared about bumpstocks.
There are millions upon millions of pistols using pistol braces in the wild. We are a stroke of a pen away from being all labeled felons.
Should we have seen this coming?
Yes. Everyone who said “I don’t care about bumpstocks, you can go ahead and ban them” you should now see the error in allowing the ATF to arbitrarily change their mind and with the stroke of a pen make you either destroy your property or become a felon.
Is it all bad?
Well. For now… they are confining this decision to only the 3 models from Q. This is probably thousands of gun owners (the Honey Badger is very expensive). So that’s the good news. The bad news is this is a short hop, skip, and jump to say everyone with a pistol brace is now subject to the NFA. We do not know if the ATF has sent letters to other manufacturers that we just haven’t heard about yet.
What can we do?
The NRA and FPC links below have “one-click” messages you can send to the ATF, Senate, and Pres. Trump. I don’t know the effect that will have, and if that is the right people to reach out to. Stay tuned to messages from the big players soon like GOA, NRA, SAF, FPC, etc to find out next steps.