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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) in 2012 determined that forearm stabilizing braces for firearms serve a legitimate function and do not automatically subject a firearm to the strict requirements of the National Firearms Act of 1934. In December 2020, however, the BATFE proposed new regulations that could subject almost all firearms with forearm stabilizing braces to the NFA. On August 31, 2021, an expert panel joined us for a discussion on the proposed rule and how it fits into wider debates over agency rulemaking on controversial issues.


  • Michael D. Faucette, Associate, Wiley Rein
  • Paul Helmke, Professor of Practice and Director, Civic Leaders Center, Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
  • [Moderator] John Shu, Attorney and Legal Commentator

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