Texas sues over new Biden rules reclassifying some pistols as rifles

The federal rule change targets technology used in mass shootings.

By Alexandra Hart and Wells DunbarFebruary 10, 2023 12:40 pm, ,

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a suit against the Biden administration over an amended rule reclassifying some pistols as rifles, subjecting them to different regulations.

The rule change from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives affects handguns with rear attachments called “stabilizers” attached to them, says Texas Tribune political reporter James Barragán. “The rule basically says that if you are attaching them to your firearms, you’ve got to register that,” noting that the change does not apply to people with disabilities; instead, it only applies to people “who do not have disabilities because, these have been used in recent mass shootings.”

Attorney General Paxton’s lawsuit teams up with the Virgina-based Gun Owners of America to challenge the rule change.

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