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On June 7, 2021, the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF) proposed a regulation on pistol stabilizing braces, devices first created to allow disabled veterans to use a firearm. Under the regulation, an individual could become a felon unless they turn in or destroy the firearm, destroy the brace, or pay a tax. I led 140 Members of the House of Representatives in urging the Department of Justice to withdraw the proposed guidance. Forty-eight Senators joined in as well. You can read more about those efforts here
 
Last year, I led efforts against a similar rule proposed by the ATF. Following a letter signed by 90 Members of Congress, in addition to widespread feedback during a public comment period, the ATF revoked the rule on Dec. 23, 2020. Now, we are once again demanding the ATF defend veterans and our Second Amendment.
 
The public comment period on the ATF's latest regulation ends on Sept. 8, 2021. Make your voice heard by submitting a comment HERE.
 
 
CONGRESSMAN HUDSON - PROTECTING THE SECOND AMENDMENT
 
As a lifelong hunter and sportsman, I am a strong and vocal defender of our Second Amendment rights. I’m proud to have an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), and I will always defend the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.
 
I believe the plain language of the Second Amendment guarantees the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. This is the right that guarantees we can defend our other rights, and it is a fundamental freedom that must be protected.
 
I’m proud to lead the charge to advance national concealed carry reciprocity. I introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) to guarantee our Second Amendment rights don’t disappear when we cross state lines. This important bill previously passed the House on December 6, 2017. It provides law-abiding citizens the right to carry concealed and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting concealed carry state codes or onerous civil suits.
 
 
H.R. 38 has been described as the “biggest guns rights boost since the ratification of the Second Amendment.”  It will ensure law-abiding citizens can protect their families across state lines. While I’m disappointed the Senate failed to act on this important legislation in 2017, I have continued my fight to get it signed into law.
 
In addition, my amendment to stop President Obama’s “green-tip” bullet ban passed the House in the 114th Congress and helped put intense pressure on the administration to abandon its unilateral attempt to restrict our Second Amendment rights.
 
Since Democrats regained the Majority in the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress, we have already seen legislation introduced that threatens the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. Congressional Democrats introduced H.R. 8, legislation to require a background check for every firearm sale. This legislation might sound common sense, but current law already requires a background check on every commercial gun purchase in America. Current law also prohibits what’s known as “straw purchases.”
 
This legislation does nothing to prevent gun violence, yet threatens the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. Instead of working on common sense solutions that can actually help prevent tragedies—like supporting local law enforcement, ensuring laws and protocols are followed to spot warning signs and improving mental health care—Democrats are targeting law-abiding gun owners.
 
I will continue to stand up against these attempts to restrict our Second Amendment rights. At the same time, read more about what I am doing to prevent gun violence here.
 

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July 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), the House Republican Conference Secretary, hosted a press conference on Tuesday to discuss a new regulation on pistol stabilizing braces proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF). Rep. Hudson was joined by Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), Veterans Affairs Committee Ranking Member Mike Bost (IL-12), and military veterans to discuss how the regulation jeopardizes the Second Amendment, especially the ability of disabled combat veterans to exercise their rights.

June 25, 2021 In The News

Nearly the entire Senate Republican caucus signed on to a letter Thursday demanding a withdrawal of a proposed ATF rule that would regulate some pistol-stabilizing braces. 

The rule, which was proposed on June 7, would reclassify many pistols used with stabilizing braces as short-barreled rifles, which require a federal license to own under the National Firearms Act.  

June 24, 2021 In The News

(The Center Square) – Members of the U.S. House and Senate are urging the federal government to withdraw a rule change they say targets veterans and hurts law-abiding gun owners. Their letters to the federal agencies followed an announcement by Texas that it would be challenging the new rule.

At least 141 Republican members of the House signed the letter urging the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) to withdraw proposed guidance on stabilizing braces. Four Republican senators sent a separate letter roughly a week later.

June 16, 2021 In The News

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) is leading 140 members of Congress against the ATF’s proposed AR-pistol rule and suggesting the rule is a tax on “disabled combat veterans.”

Hudson and his colleagues sent a letter dated June 15, 2021, to Attorney General Merrick Garland and acting ATF director Marvin Richardson, urging the proposed rule to be withdrawn.

They pointed out that the ATF previously recognized AR-pistol braces for the benefit disabled combat veterans receive from them:

June 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), author of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) and a leader on the Second Amendment in Congress, has led 140 Members of the House of Representatives urging the Department of Justice to withdraw a proposed rule on Stabilizing Braces.

June 15, 2021 In The News

A majority of House Republicans are vowing to kill a new Biden plan to tax and regulate one of the nation’s most popular firearms for target practice and hunting, claiming it discriminates against disabled veterans and would make all owners “felons overnight.”

Led by Second Amendment advocate Rep. Richard Hudson, 141 Republicans (and likely more to come) are targeting a revived rule from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives backed by the Justice Department to turn AR-style pistols into expensive, hard to get guns.

June 7, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement on a U.S. District Court ruling against California's long-time ban on assault weapons: 

May 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement on today's hearing of David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in the Senate Judiciary Committee:

May 19, 2021 In The News

A conservative group within the U.S. House of Representatives is backing Rep. Richard Hudson’s plan to strengthen protection for gun owners who carry concealed firearms in public.