House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and far-right Republicans reached an agreement to end a legislative impasse by having the House approve legislation to roll back a new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives pistol brace rule, The Trace reports. The move by the conservative Republicans was retribution for McCarthy's debt ceiling deal with President Biden. The rule would require owners of pistol braces, which have been used in recent mass shootings, either to remove and destroy the accessories or register the braced firearms with the ATF as short-barreled rifles.
Biden has threatened to veto such a measure. Pistol braces are intended to increase the accuracy and stability of AR-15-style pistols. Gun rights groups and Republicans have resisted the rule since it was introduced. Some gun rights groups have brought their resistance to court. The conservative U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, which granted a limited injunction against the rule last month, is set to hear oral arguments in their challenge this month.