Tuberville Continues to Defend Second Amendment Rights

Tuberville-backed legislation counters ATF’s new pistol brace rule and allows for reciprocity of concealed carry permits in states that allow concealed carry 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) is continuing to stand up for Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms and fighting back against the Biden administration’s attempts to undermine the rights of law-abiding gun carriers. Senator Tuberville joined two separate pieces of legislation that would remove the unconstitutional taxation, registration, and regulation of certain firearms and strengthen concealed carry rights by allowing concealed permit privileges to translate across state lines to states with the same privileges. 


“For too long, federal officials have misplaced their priorities by overregulating the use of firearms that Americans are legally entitled to own,” said Senator Tuberville. “The constant malignment of Americans exercising a constitutional right has to end.”

On Friday, January 31, 2023, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) published its Stabilizing Braces Rule, which will reclassify millions of commonly-owned pistol braced firearms as illegal short-barreled rifles and shotguns under the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) and the Gun Control Act of 1968, making them subject to significant legislation. The Biden administration is using this final rule as an excuse to impose the most extensive gun registration and confiscation scheme in American history. 

The Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles Today (SHORT) Act is a direct response to ATF’s new rule and would stop the unconstitutional taxation, registration, and regulation of certain firearms such as Short Barreled Rifles, Short Barreled Shotguns, and Any Other Weapons. The SHORT Act is endorsed by the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. Joining Senator Tuberville in introducing the legislation are U.S. Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Rick Scott (R-FL).


Thousands of law-abiding Alabamians proudly exercise concealed carry privileges for their personal safety, and I’m proud to join legislation that strengthens these protections for them and millions of other Americans,” said Senator Tuberville.

The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow those with concealed carry permits to exercise those rights in any other state that allows concealed carry while still abiding by that state’s laws. The legislation treats state-issued concealed carry permits like driver licenses where an individual can use their home-state license to drive in another state, but must abide by that other state’s driving laws.

Joining Senator Tuberville in introducing the legislation are U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), John Thune (R-SD), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Rick Scott (R-FL), John Boozman (R-AR), Josh Hawley (R-MO), John Hoeven (R-ND), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Tim Scott (R-SC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Ted Budd (R-NC), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Todd Young (R-IN), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Eric Schmitt (R-MO), Mike Braun (R-IN), J.D. Vance (R-OH), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Jim Risch (R-ID), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Katie Britt (R-AL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Joni Ernst (R-IA).

Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.