ATF Backs Down From Ammo Ban After Opposition from Congress
The Obama Administration has a common tactic: when it can’t achieve what it wants through Congress, it tries to impose its hyper-partisan agenda by executive fiat. We’ve seen this from unilateral changes to Obamacare to imposing a tax on energy to the President’s most recent executive action on immigration and again when the Administration set it sights on our Second Amendment rights.
Under the Obama Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) recently attempted to slip a surprise proposal by the American people to ban popular M855 sporting ammunition. This would stop American rifle owners from purchasing one of the most widely-used cartridges in America with no debate and no new law.
But the Administration was trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist with illegitimate means all while curbing one of our most basic guaranteed rights.
The people didn’t stand for it, and neither did their Representatives in Congress.
After hearing about the proposed ammo ban, Majority Leader McCarthy and Chairman Bob Goodlatte promised to keep all options on the table to make sure this proposal isn’t implemented, and hundreds of lawmakers signed a letter to ATF Director Todd Jones in opposition to this proposal.
This vocal opposition led the ATF to completely change course:
- ATF Delays Plan to Ban Popular Type of Bullets: “Federal officials on Tuesday backed off a plan to block the sale and manufacture of a popular kind of armor-piercing ammunition in the face of intense opposition from Republican lawmakers and gun enthusiasts.” (New York Times, 3/10/15)
- Obama Administration Drops Proposed Ammo Ban After Conservative Outcry: “‘Second Amendment rights require not only access to firearms but to bullets,’ [Republican lawmakers] wrote. ‘If law-abiding gun owners cannot obtain rifle ammunition, or face substantial difficulty in finding ammunition available and at reasonable prices because government entities are banning such ammunition, then the Second Amendment is at risk.’ Two-hundred thirty-eight members of the House of Representatives, from both parties, signed a parallel letter.” (Politico, 3/10/15)
- Quietly, Obama Administration Starts—Then Badly Loses—A Gun Control Fight: “Gun rights advocates see the administration trying to sneak a new gun control measure past a Republican-controlled Congress unlikely to support it…. The sheer volume of negative comments led officials to effectively scrap the proposal.” (Buzzfeed News, 3/10/15)
- Breaking: ATF Temporarily Pulls Proposal to Ban AR-15 ‘Green Tip’ Ammunition: “After an unprecedented response, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has temporarily pulled its proposal to ban common AR-15 M855 ‘green tip’ ammunition…. Members on both sides of the aisle in Congress have also been highly critical of the proposal, along with the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.” (Townhall, 3/10/15)
- ATF Shelves Controversial Bullet Ban Proposal: “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.” (Fox News, 3/10/15)
- ATF Shelves Bullet Ban Proposal: “The Obama administration is backing off its plan to ban a type of armor-piercing ammunition following a deluge of criticism from gun rights groups and congressional Republicans.” (The Hill, 3/10/15)
As the ATF said in a recent tweet:
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) March 10, 2015
The House remains firm in its opposition to this overreach, because no Administration has the right to infringe upon the Second Amendment. House Republicans will continue to fight against any further proposals that violate on our constitutional rights.