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ATF Shelves Controversial Bullet Ban Proposal

March 10, 2015  | 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is shelving a controversial proposal to ban a popular type of bullet, amid opposition from hundreds of congressional lawmakers, reports Fox News.

The ATF said in a statement on Tuesday it would not seek to issue the final guidelines "at this time." The proposal pertained to M855 "green tip" ammunition, used in the AR-15 rifle; regulators looked at banning it because it can pierce police body armor.

The agency said it will instead wait until Americans have finished commenting on the federal regulations and evaluate their comments and suggestions before "proceeding with any framework."


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Paul @ 3/10/2015 5:58 PM

Typical delaying tactics, hoping people will relent and forget in time. The volme of comments must be extraordinary and highly against their push to go against their previous exemption for the M855. To go ahead further has to be a total embarrassment to their department. To use thier logic in this effort would imply they might try and ban all rifle rounds from th USA, which would be impossible to enforce. From all i have heard my fellow LEO's are largely against this politically inspired effort.

Capt. Mac @ 3/11/2015 4:29 AM

ALL .223/5.56 ammo can pierce Level IIIA body armor, which is the type worn by MOST officers on the street in this country, right? Those of you with more expertise in this area (Balistics/Body Armor Construction/Etc.), feel free to correct me if I'm wrong... SO, wouldn't this just be an end run around the 2nd Amendment, a way to make it more difficult or more expensive to shoot? In more than 32 years with my agency, I don't believe that any of our 4000 law enforcement officers has ever been shot with a .223/5.56 round.

Morning Eagle @ 3/11/2015 5:07 AM

Stopped, but only for the time being. Since when did they pay any attention to public comments on any of their proposed actions? This is not over and they will come back with this or some other attempt to restrict or eliminate our rights.

TX Lawman @ 3/11/2015 6:09 AM

Congressman Jeb Hensarling from Texas challenged the ATF and told them that the bullets they were banning did not meet Congress' definition of armor piercing and they would have to come before him and his committee and justify their ruling. Jeb went on to say all rifle bullets will penetrated police body armor. The armor piercing bullets their law banned were bullets that would penetrate heavy armor on vehicles. Thank you Congressman Hensarling, my Congressman.

Bob @ VA @ 3/11/2015 6:33 AM

Capt. Mac - you are correct. ANY effective hunting round for rifles will pierce Level IIIA protection. Level IIIA is only designed to stop common pistol rounds. The old TC Contender was real pistol, unlike the AR "pistols" which are large, heavy, and difficult to conceal, and it fired many common hunting rounds. I believe that there are others as well. The ATF could easily claim that most common hunting rounds should be banned under the criteria being used against the M855. This is a blatant political ploy to ban firearms by bypassing Congress and the 2nd Amendment.

Richard Hightower @ 3/11/2015 9:19 AM

The BATF&E has a very troubled past and has, from its inception, operated in at best a quasi-legal if not blatantly illegal fashion. It is such a "problem child" among government agencies that NO ONE really wants it as a part of their organization. And, now it is used to promote a totalitarian agenda of disarmament. It is time to disband the BATF&E. And while we are at it -- take the GCA and NFA out of Law. Like the BATF&E, they are an anathema to the American psyche and blatantly in violation of the Constitution of the United States of America.

Ret LE @ 3/12/2015 12:01 PM

Just another feeble and deceitful attempt to try to pass a proposal filled with lies by the Obama Admin. and all of his anti-gunners. After he couldn't ban the AR, he went after the ammunition, which thank God didn't pan out. I'm also a lifetime member of the NRA, and I know they started a ground swell of support of millions of its members to tell Congress that this was not going to fly. He will continue to attack the 2nd Amendment in every which way possible before he leaves office.

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