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Gun Control Debate Intensifies As House Republicans Repeal Firearm Regulation

The House Republicans, led by Rep. Andrew Clyde, have successfully passed a resolution to revoke a Biden administration rule that tightened federal regulations on firearm stabilizing braces. The resolution received near-party-line approval, with a 219-210 vote, despite intense floor debate and opposition from Democrats, who claim the resolution could exacerbate gun violence.

The resolution is set to proceed to the Senate, where it could face President Biden’s promised veto, which would necessitate two-thirds majority overrides in both chambers.

The rule in question, enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives since June 1, categorizes firearms with stabilizing braces as short-barreled rifles, a type of firearm heavily regulated since the 1930s. The Biden administration introduced this rule in response to several mass shootings involving such braces.

The rule mandates the registration and a fee for brace-equipped guns or the removal of the brace. Republicans argue this rule has criminalized millions of gun owners and represents a governmental overreach infringing on Second Amendment rights.

Meanwhile, lawsuits against the regulation continue, with gun owners and state attorneys general claiming the rule violates Second Amendment protections. Several cases have seen temporary enforcement blocks of the rule.

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