Should gun accessory used in Dayton mass shooting be regulated?

Should gun accessory used in Dayton mass shooting be regulated?

The U.S. Department of Justice has proposed regulating pistols with “stabilizing braces” — like the one used during the Dayton mass shooting — to require background checks and registration for those who want to possess them. But gun rights organizations and a Republican lawmaker are pushing back with legislation they say protects law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights. Dudley Brown, president of the National Association for Gun Rights, said in a statement that the braces proposal would set “a dangerous precedent for anti-gun legislators to further regulate firearm accessories in the future.” The proposed federal rule would clarify when accessories attached to pistols convert them into weapons regulated by the National Firearms Act, DOJ says in a news release. “The National Firearms Act imposes heightened regulations on short-barreled rifles because they are easily concealable, can cause great damage, and are more likely to be used to commit crimes. But companies now sell accessories that make it easy for people to convert pistols into these more dangerous weapons without going through the statute’s background check and registration requirements,” the DOJ says in a press release. “These requirements are important public safety measures because they regulate the transfer of these dangerous weapons and help ensure they do not end up in the wrong handss,” the release said. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the proposal would amend the agency’s definition of a rifle to include any weapon with a rifled barrel and equipped with an attached stabilizing brace […]

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