That said, the pair is charged under California’s state short-barreled rifle law, not the federal law, which is what was addressed in the ATF’s letters.

A group of home invaders in California found themselves facing an additional gun charge after an attemped home invasion. The charge is likely the first of its kind.

Justin Singh, 27 and Austin Singh, 21 are charged with robbery, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a short-barreled rifle, and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. A third suspect faces other charges.

The pair are likely the first suspects to be charged with illegal possession of a short-barreled rifle that is equipped with a controversial accessory – the SIG SAUER SB15 Brace. The brace was originally designed for disabled shooters to be able to shoot AR-15 style pistols more effectively. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives approved the brace for this purpose and later even said that using the brace against one’s shoulder was legal.

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