Yesterday we reported on a couple big stories. The first was that the ATF is trying to make using a pistol arm brace improperly a felony (more on that in a bit). The second was a story about a group of felons in California who are being charged with possession of a short barreled rifle when what they had appears to simply be an AR-15 pistol with an arm brace. A source within the law enforcement community has sent in a hot tip that the charge might not be because of the pistol arm brace after all, and might instead be because of a much more straightforward (but equally dumb) law.
From our source:
Before anyone jumps to conclusions that the Sigarm brace make a legal AR pistol an SBR you must first understand California law. In California AR pistols ARE legal and the Sigarm brace IS legal, but as in most things in Commiefornia: the devil is in the details. AR lowers MUST be registered as a pistol when you buy them and they can not have a means to accept a traditional stock. IE taking the stock off the buffer tube will not met the requirements of the law. You must have a straight tube.
The lower in this incident was registered as a rifle, once a rifle always a rifle.
So it seems like the firearm used in the home invasion might have been originally registered as a rifle, which is a HUGE no-no if you want to subsequently make a pistol out of it. I know, it makes no sense — not like the rifle becomes deadlier because the registration paperwork says “rifle” instead of “handgun,” but there it is.