ATF Retracts Backdoor Ammo Ban after Congressional Pressure


WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 10, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) – Following pressure from U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and other Members of Congress, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has retracted its plan to ban popular and commonly used ammunition for sporting and home protection firearms. Rep. Hultgren and 237 of his colleagues had expressed strong concern to ATF Director B. Todd Jones about the plan earlier this month.

“ATF’s poorly conceived regulatory ‘framework’ was restrictive and interfered with the Second Amendment rights of Americans who use certain ammunition for sporting and home protection,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Law enforcement has expressed that they aren’t threatened by the ammunition, and ATF’s backdoor ban lacked sound justification. I trust ATF will take care and do their due diligence when issuing future regulations on firearms and ammunition.”

James Pasco, the executive director of the national Fraternal Order of Police, which represents 325,000 officers, has said that police aren’t threatened by the ammunition: “Any ammunition is of concern to police in the wrong hands, but this specific round has historically not posed a law enforcement problem.”

On Tuesday, ATF said it will not seek to issue a final framework for the rule after receiving more than 80,000 public comments, the “vast majority” of which were negative.


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