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ATF Rule Change Turns Millions of Gun Owners Into Potential Felons

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is finalizing a rule that would make tens of millions of U.S. gun owners instant felons.

The ATF wants to reclassify pistol braces as short-barrel rifles, forcing extra registration and additional tax stamp to avoid up to 10 years in jail and potential $10,000 fine.

"What the ATF is wanting people to do is either turn them in or destroy them," says Sam Paredes with Gun Owners of America.

He warns gun owners face the potential of outing themselves by simply registering a device the ATF now deems illegal, adding the ATF has not intention of approving any pistol brace applications.

"If they don't do that, the background checks goes away. The application is basically null in void at that time and you have just admitted to the BATF that you have a short-barrel rifle."

Paredes urges pistol brace owners to wait for the legal process to play out.

"Something is going to come out real soon that will be a request for a temporary restraining order, suspending the actual effect of the ATF changing the rules, and I would wait."

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