The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has sent a formal cease & desist letter to Q, LLC, over one of its most popular pistols, putting many gun owners in jeopardy.
The Honey Badger Pistol produced by Q has been classified as a short-barreled rifle in the ATF’s new ruling.
“The (ATF) examined this firearm and determined that the Honey Badger Pistol is a ‘firearm’ as defined by the National Firearms Act (NFA),” read an ATF letter to Q.
“The Firearms and Ammunitions Technology Division (FATD) examined the Honey Badger Pistol manufactured and marketed by Q, LLC and determined the firearm is a short-barreled rifle as defined under the NFA. A short-barreled rifle is subject to the registration, transfer, taxation, and possession restrictions regarding these regulated firearms, which include criminal penalties relating to the illegal transfer and possession of said firearms,” the letter continued.
The notice states that the inclusion of the “proprietary ‘pistol stabilizing brace’” produced by SB Tactical gives the Honey Badger an overall length of approximately 20-25 inches, with the barrel being seven inches long.
“The objective design features of the Honey Badger firearm, configured with the subject stabilizing brace, indicate the firearm is designed and intended to be fired from the shoulder. Since this firearm also contains a rifled barrel, it meets the definition of a ‘rifle.’ Further, since it has a barrel of less than 16 inches in length, this firearm also meets the definition of a ‘short-barreled rifle’ under the GCA and NFA,” according to the ATF.
Most gun owners are confused by this ruling, wondering how the Honey Badger is any different from any other AR-style pistol produced within the last few years.
Millions of Gun Owners at Risk
“The NRA strongly disagrees with this arbitrary, inequitable, and incorrect determination by ATF that puts millions of firearms owners in danger of federal prosecution,” the NRA said in a statement.
According to an article by Tactical Life, “We are nearly a decade into the AR pistol revolution. And SB Tactical has been driving the market from the jump. A reversal of interpretation at this juncture puts countless firearm owners at risk, not just customers of Q, LLC.”
“This arbitrary approach is creating confusion and uncertainty for millions of law-abiding citizens, manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers. SB Tactical is the inventor of the Pistol Stabilizing Brace and is deeply committed to our customers, the Second Amendment, and the rule of law. The ATF’s approach is unfair and unlawful,” said an SB Tactical statement.
The ATF still offers no clear cut definition of what constitutes a legal AR-style pistol, which makes this ruling highly irresponsible.
Both Q, LLC and SB Tactical are encouraging gun owners to fight the ruling, saying that they should make their voices heard by contacting their congressional representatives.
Now, both Q, LLC and SB Tactical encourage gun owners to fight. Make your voice heard by contacting Congressional leadership.
You can find your representative’s contact information here: https://www.contactingcongress.org/