Collins, Gaetz Stand Against Limitations on the Second Amendment

Oct 22, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fl.) wrote a letter to the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Regina Lombardo, calling out the ATF’s decision to limit Americans’ Second Amendment rights by prohibiting the manufacturing and marketing of the Honey Badger Pistol.

"Recently, several Members of Congress have inquired with the ATF as to its determination regarding braces similar to the Honey Badger Pistol,” they wrote. “However, your agency has ignored these questions and, in doing so, has taken action hostile to citizens’ Second Amendment rights and due process."

The ATF claims their decision is justified under the National Firearms Act (NFA) and Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA). However, the Honey Badger Pistol is defined as a pistol, not a short-barreled rifle, so it falls outside the regulatory scope of both the NFA and GCA, as well as outside the ATF’s enforcement authority.

"The ATF’s strong-arming of small businesses around the country into complying with arbitrary criteria in what your agency holds out as a voluntary classification process is bureaucracy at its worst, and the short-sighted determinations of your agency hold real-life implications for Americans trying to navigate the bureaucratic process around owning and using firearms,” they continued. 

Read the full letter here.