Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has warned that unelected bureaucrats within the taxpayer-funded Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) are “destroying our Second Amendment.”
Blackburn issued the warning in a Wednesday tweet in response to the new Pistol Brace Rule being pushed by Democrat President Joe Biden and the ATF.
The ATF’s pistol stabilizer brace rule requires owners of said braces to register them with the ATF.
If they fail to register them, people must either destroy the brace, destroy the entire firearm, convert attached pistols into long barrel rifles, or surrender the brace and corresponding firearm to the ATF.
Blackburn blasted the move as “government overreach.”
ATF's ruling on their Pistol Brace Rule is nothing more than government overreach.
Biden and his unelected bureaucrats at the ATF are destroying our Second Amendment.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 25, 2023
Blackburn’s comments are the latest in growing pushback against the ATF.
On January 20, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) introduced the Abolish the ATF Act.
Gaetz tweeted his intentions, writing, “House Republicans have the ATF in our crosshairs.
“The continued existence of the ATF is increasingly unwarranted based on their repeated actions to convert law-abiding citizens into felons.
“My bill today would abolish the ATF once and for all.”
Gaetz’s push was complemented by Rep. Eric Burlison’s (R-MO) “Repeal the NFA Act.”
Burlison’s bill would do away with the National Firearms Act, thereby eliminating the ATF’s ability to turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals.
Burlison tweeted: “The Repeal the NFA Act will strip the ATF of its authority to criminalize lawful gun owners and undo nearly 90 years of assault on our fundamental freedoms.
“I’m proud to stand with Americans nationwide as we take this issue head-on.”
The Repeal the NFA Act will strip the ATF of its authority to criminalize lawful gun owners and undo nearly 90 years of assault on our fundamental freedoms.
I’m proud to stand with Americans nationwide as we take this issue head-on.https://t.co/iNJCYzyE5z
— Rep. Eric Burlison (@RepEricBurlison) January 25, 2023