What are the compliance options for a federal firearms licensee (FFL)/Special Occupational Tax (SOT) holder in possession of firearms equipped with a “stabilizing brace,” which is a short-barreled rifle (SBR), after the effective date of the final rule?

  • For dealers and pawnbrokers with SBRs equipped with a “stabilizing brace” that are in their possession, complete and submit through the eForms system an Application to Make and Register a Firearm, ATF Form 1 (e-Form 1) before May 31, 2023.
  • Permanently remove or alter the “stabilizing brace” so that it cannot be reattached and thereby removing it from regulation as a “firearm” under the National Firearms Act (NFA).
  • Remove the short barrel and attach a 16-inch or longer rifled barrel to the firearm thus removing it from the provisions of the NFA.
Last Reviewed March 23, 2023