From Fox News.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is shelving a proposal to ban a popular but highly lethal type of bullet, amid opposition from gun-rights advocates and hundreds of members of Congress.
The agency 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, which regulators looked at banning because it can pierce police body armor.
The ATF said it would instead wait until Americans have finished commenting on the federal regulations and evaluate their comments and suggestions before “proceeding with any framework.”
The statement follows 52 senators and 238 House members joining in opposition to any attempt the Obama administration might make to ban the ammo.
“This attack on the Second Amendment is wrong and should be overturned,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who started the petition. “A clear, sizeable majority of the House agrees.”
……The ATF said it has received more than 80,000 public comments and that an overwhelming number were critical of the proposal.
“I’m pleased to see that the ATF has now decided to abide by congressional intent of the law, and its exemption protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners, Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said after the ATF announcement. “ATF’s original proposal to short-circuit the exemption and limit access to rifle ammunition was an affront to the Second Amendment to the Constitution, and it was met with stiff rebuke.”
The Justice Department will make a final decision when all of the comments are reviewed.
Gun rights groups have argued that the ammo ban would be a backdoor attempt to ban assault weapons.
The ATF got second thoughts after gun rights advocates and members of Congress raised hell. As I’ve said: Obama’s been on a tear when it comes to breaking the law and violating the Constitution, and one of his pet projects is grabbing guns from private citizens.
His attempt to grab guns wasn’t successful so he figured he’d go after the ammo. He would like nothing less than to disarm every law-abiding gun owner in America. Criminals couldn’t give a shit less and no amount of zealous ‘gun control’ will matter.