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Rep. Good Introduces Protecting Individual Sovereignty Through Our Laws (PISTOL) Act

June 11, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Bob Good (VA-05) introduced the Protecting Individual Sovereignty Through Our Laws Act, or PISTOL Act. This legislation would prevent the Biden Administration from arduously regulating pistol braces by clarifying that what constitutes a “pistol” is not subject to bureaucratic interpretation. 

“The right to keep and bear arms is not subject to arbitrary regulation, especially when the law was never intended to apply to firearm accessories,” said U.S Congressman Bob Good. “My bill would hold the Biden Administration accountable and prevent them from improperly classifying pistol braces or regulating them by decree.”

“The Biden Administration poses the biggest threat to the Constitutional rights of freedom-loving Americans that we have seen in decades – and their unconstitutional attack on pistol braces sets a dangerous precedent for anti-gun legislators to further regulate firearm accessories in the future. The PISTOL Act is the right piece of legislation to fight back against their gun grab, and the National Association for Gun Rights applauds Rep. Bob Good and his work to prevent more draconian government regulation.” – Dudley Brown, President, National Association for Gun Rights

“With rabid anti-gun nut Joe Biden occupying the White House, it is crucial that gun owners in Virginia know their second amendment rights are being protected in Washington, DC.  Congressman Bob Good is doing just that with his introduction of the PISTOL Act.  Time and time again bureaucrats in Washington stand between law abiding gun owners and their right to exercise a God given right.  Virginia Gun Rights stands with Rep. Good and his pushback against another unconstitutional ban.” -- Chris Anders, Executive Director, Virginia Gun Rights Task Force


  • The Biden Administration has mandated the Department of Justice issue a proposed rule to define the use of a pistol with a stabilizing brace as a short-barreled rifle, subject to National Firearms Act (NFA) regulation.
  • This would include a burdensome bureaucratic process with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), as well as paying a $200 NFA stamp tax.
  • The National Firearms Act (NFA) currently does not include a statutory definition of a “pistol,” instead “pistol” is currently defined by ATF regulation.
  • As a federal law enforcement agency, the ATF hold no legitimate authority to enact policy or law.
  • Under Biden’s recent announcement, however, the ATF must amend the definition of a pistol to exclude brace-equipped pistols, thus making them into short barreled rifles.
  • The NFA was enacted in 1934 and provides a framework to regulate and aggressively tax specific firearms, such as short barreled rifles.

See bill HERE

The PISTOL Act is cosponsored by: Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Ted Budd (R-NC), Lance Gooden (R-TX), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Diana Harshbarger (R-TN), Scott Perry (R-PA), Matt Rosendale (R-MT), Jody Hice (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Russ Fulcher (R-ID), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Warren Davidson (R-OH), Fred Keller (R-PA), Randy Weber (R-TX), Greg Steube (R-FL), and Andy Harris (R-MD).