I am a pawnbroker and I have in pawned inventory a customer’s pistol with a stabilizing brace. What do I do?

  • As of January 31, 2023, current possessors of affected firearms will have five options to comply, which must be accomplished by May 31, 2023.  The five options for compliance are:
    • Register the weapon,
    • Permanently remove and dispose of, or alter, the “stabilizing brace” such that it cannot be reattached,
    • Remove the short barrel and attach a 16-inch or longer rifled barrel to the firearm,
    • Turn the firearm into your local ATF office, or
    • Destroy the firearm.

There may be state laws which impact one or more of the provided options to comply with final rule 2021R-08F. Contact your State Attorney General’s Office (www.naag.org) for information on any such state restrictions.  Once the final rule is effective, firearms that are now considered SBRs CANNOT be transferred (returned) in their current configuration unless they are properly registered.

Last Reviewed March 23, 2023