Volume 33 | March 01, 2023

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Annual Meeting and Elections

The Annual Meeting of Members and Election of one third of the Directors will occur on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at Cabela's in Gonzales in their upstairs meeting room.

Please note that Cabela's has changed it's Sunday hours to open at 10:00 AM. The doors will open for meeting registration as soon after 10:00 AM as possible. All members in good standing are eligible to vote.

If you are interested in getting involved, consider running for the Board of Directors!

“With crime rising and citizens relying upon their gun rights even more, the Biden Administration is once again looking to make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.”

Attorney General Landry

Attorney General Jeff Landry Joins Suit Challenging the Biden Administration’s Attack on our Second Amendment Rights

Stabilizing braces were designed to enable gun owners to operate AR-style pistols with one hand with more stability. For many years, the ATF has determined that placing a stabilizing brace on one’s AR-style pistol did not constitute converting the pistol into a short-barreled rifle. Millions of law-abiding American citizens own them. However, after years of this interpretation, the ATF reversed its position (under the Biden Administration) and now the ATF’s new rule says, essentially, that using a stabilizing brace with a pistol turns the firearm into a short-barreled rifle and must now be regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA) — which means they’d be subject to registration, additional taxation, and long wait times for approval due to ATF’s lengthy NFA processing times.


Because of this rule, the millions of Americans who own a pistol and a stabilizing brace, regardless of style or caliber or type of brace, must either dispose of, alter, or register their firearms. If they don’t comply, they will become felons and face 10 years in prison and large fines. According to the Congressional Research Service, there are currently between 10 and 40 million stabilizing braces in circulation.


A large group of affected individuals, including Louisiana, have filed a case entitled, Firearms Regulatory Accountability Coalition, Inc., v. Merrick Garland. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. Other plaintiffs are, SB Tactical, B&T USA, Wounded Warrior Richard Cicero, and a coalition of 25 states led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley, also including Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.


Defending our Second Amendment, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry joined Louisiana to the 24-state lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and its director that seeks to block a new ATF rule governing pistol braces.

The Biden rule Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached Stabilizing Braces indicates that when manufacturers, dealers, and individuals pair stabilizing braces with 99% of pistols, they must comply with the laws that heavily regulate the pistol as a short-barreled rifle, including the National Firearms Act. 

“With crime rising and citizens relying upon their gun rights even more, the Biden Administration is once again looking to make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves,” said Attorney General Landry. “This latest attack means Americans using a stabilizing brace would now have to apply for a permit with the ATF within four months, pay a tax, and face restrictions on future transfer of the brace.”

“Stabilizing braces were designed to help people with disabilities use pistols; and now they are used by many older people, people with limited mobility, disabled veterans, and people in smaller stature,” explained Attorney General Landry. “Lawful gun owners use stabilizers to prevent some recoil when firing and to help with accuracy.”

“Like it has done with so many other unlawful Biden edicts, I trust the federal courts will enjoin the ATF from enforcing this rule and declare it unlawful,” concluded Attorney General Landry. “I will continue doing all that I can to defend our constitutional rights.”

A copy of the lawsuit may be found at www.agjefflandry.com/Article/13115.

Although the law did not change, regulators suddenly decided to criminalize unregistered possession of braced pistols.

Is the ATF's Pistol Brace Rule Arbitrary and Unconstitutional

On January 31, 2023, the Biden administration instituted a ban on unregistered possession of pistols equipped with stabilizing braces. (click here to read the rule as published by the BATFE).

Like the Trump administration's ban on bump stocks, the pistol brace rule is based on an implausible reinterpretation of federal law that contradicted the position that federal regulators had taken for years. It therefore raises some of the same issues that persuaded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to rule that the bump stock ban violated the Administrative Procedure Act. The question is whether administrative agencies can criminalize possession of heretofore legal products without congressional authorization.

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Federal Challenge of Biden's Arm Brace Rule

The Second Amendment Foundation has filed an amended federal complaint challenging the Biden administration’s new “Arm Brace Rule,” accusing the government of violating the Administrative Procedures Act, the Second Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. Joining SAF in this legal action are Rainier Arms, LLC and two private citizens, Samuel Walley and William Green. They are represented by attorney Chad Flores at Beck Redden LLP of Houston, Texas.

Defendants are the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Director Steve Dettelbach, the Department of Justice and Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. The case is known as SAF, et.al. v. ATF, et. al.

“The Biden administration’s new ‘arm brace rule’ is a marked departure from the ATF’s previous position about whether pistols with arm braces are legally considered pistols,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “This dramatic shift in policy leads us to conclude the president, through his agency directors, is moving to change the definition of pistols fitted with these braces to be ‘rifles,’ and thus subject to the National Firearms Act. In so doing, the administration has turned millions of law-abiding pistol owners into criminals who suddenly own guns now defined as ‘short-barreled rifles.’ This is unconscionable.”

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Pistol braces affected by the new Biden administration attack on our Civil Rights.

Blake Miguez Campaign for State Senate Kick Off Event

Join Friends and Supporters of Blake Miguez for his State Senate Campaign Kick Off Event

Friends of Blake Miguez invite you to show your support for Blake's vision of a better future for Louisiana. Come and mingle with friends and fellow supporters, hear Blake's inspiring message and learn about his plans for the state. It's time to take a stand and make a difference, and Blake Miguez is the leader we need. Don't miss the chance to be a part of this exciting event and kick-start the campaign for a better tomorrow!

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