Rep. Duncan introduces the No Frivolous Applications for Short-Barreled Shotguns (NFA SBS) Act

July 1, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Today, in response to the Biden Administration’s proposed rule regarding pistol stabilizing braces, Congressman Jeff Duncan introduced the No Frivolous Applications for Short-Barreled Shotguns (NFA SBS) Act.

This legislation will remove Short-Barreled Shotguns (SBSs) from the National Firearms Act (NFA) to allow SBSs to be treated just as any other shotgun, thus preventing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) from forcing otherwise law-abiding gun owners to destroy, register, or surrender their legally acquired pistol-braced firearms.

The ATF’s proposed rule specifically states that any smooth-bore non-NFA firearm equipped with a “stabilizing brace” will automatically be considered a short-barreled shotgun, subjecting an entire class of firearms to overburdensome regulations with a stroke of a pen. Fortunately, Congress can remove any ambiguity Biden’s ATF may take advantage of by removing short-barreled firearms from the NFA altogether.

"With well-known gun control activist, David Chipman, one step closer to his confirmation as head of the ATF, the time to stop Biden’s anti-gun agenda is now," said Congressman Jeff Duncan.

Background:

Currently, under the NFA, any individual who wishes to obtain a shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches must go through a lengthy application process, register with the ATF, and pay a $200 tax stamp. This barrel length restriction is a relic of prohibition-era gang hysteria that led to a failed attempt to regulate handguns strictly. Unfortunately, other concealable weapons, such as Short-Barreled Shotguns, Short-Barreled Rifles, and suppressors, were caught in the mix as a way to prevent loopholes for concealable weapons alternatives to pistols.

In tandem with Congressman Duncan’s Hearing Protection Act, which similarly acts to remove suppressors from the NFA, Congressman Duncan is attempting to strike these outdated regulations on our ability to keep and bear arms. It will also take power away from the ATF, which has been acting more as a policymaker than a law enforcement agency.

This legislation is supported by 41 original cosponsors, all Republicans: Representatives Robert Aderholt (AL), Brian Babin (TX), Gus Bilirakis (FL), Dan Bishop (NC), Lauren Boebert (CO), Ted Budd (NC), Madison Cawthorn (NC), Rick Crawford (AR), Warren Davidson (OH), Scott DesJarlais (TN), Van Drew (NJ), Scott Franklin (FL), Matt Gaetz (FL), Bob Gibbs (OH), Bob Good (VA), Lance Gooden (TX), Michael Guest (MS), Andy Harris (MD), Kevin Hern (OK), Jody Hice (GA), Fred Keller (PA), Mike Kelly (PA), Doug LaMalfa (CA), Tracey Mann (KS), Alex Mooney (WV), Barry Moore (AL), Markwayne Mullin (OK), Ralph Norman (SC), Guy Reschenthaler (PA), Matt Rosendale (MT), Chip Roy (TX), Jason Smith (MO), Elise Stefanik (NY), Thomas Tiffany (WI), William Timmons (SC), Tim Walberg (MI), Roger Williams (TX), Randy Feenstra (IA), Dan Crenshaw (TX), Garret Graves (LA), and Randy Weber (TX).

It also supported by the National Rifle Association, Gunowners of America, and the National Association for Gun Rights.

To read the bill text, click HERE.

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