Federal Judge Blocks ATF From Arresting Millions Of Pistol Brace Owners: Implications for Fingerprinting Services

In recent news, millions of law-abiding gun owners across the United States have received temporary relief as a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction, preventing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) from enforcing the controversial pistol brace ban. This significant development has far-reaching implications, not only for gun owners but also for businesses like Macon LiveScan Services, which provides fingerprinting solutions, including ATF .eft file services.

The Pistol Brace Ban and Its Impact:

Under the Biden administration, the ATF introduced a rule earlier this year that sought to reclassify millions of pistol brace owners’ weapons as short barrel rifles, subjecting them to registration and a $200 tax stamp. This move, affecting an estimated 40 million pistol brace owners, led to a wave of uncertainty and concern among gun enthusiasts.

Legal Challenge and Federal Judge’s Ruling:

The plaintiffs in Britto v. ATF, represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), challenged the ATF’s rule, arguing that it violated the Second Amendment and was vague in its enforcement. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ruled that the ATF’s attempts to regulate by rule instead of enforcing existing gun laws were unlawful. He also noted the significant financial burden this rule placed on both gun owners and pistol brace manufacturers.

Implications for Fingerprinting Services:

At Macon LiveScan Services, we closely monitor developments that impact our services. While sales for ATF .eft files were lower than expected, this recent ruling may lead to changes in ATF requirements and regulations. As we look ahead, we hope that the ATF will consider allowing .eft file submission for various forms that require fingerprint cards, streamlining the process for firearm enthusiasts and related businesses.


The recent federal judge’s ruling represents a significant win for Second Amendment rights and provides clarity to millions of gun owners. At Macon LiveScan Services, we remain committed to offering efficient and essential fingerprinting services. We will continue to adapt to evolving regulations to better serve our clients and provide convenient, precise, and hassle-free background check processes.

Stay tuned for updates and changes in ATF requirements, and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or need further information.

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