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Victory!?: Obama’s ATF Drops Proposed Ammo Ban

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The Obama administration’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has dropped a controversial proposal that would have banned a popular type of ammo – the M855 ball – used often in AR-15s.

The surprising announcement Tuesday came only three days before a public comment period ended. ATF said it had received about 80,000 comments, the majority of them opposed.

In a statement the ATF said it “will not at this time seek to issue a final framework” on the ban. Such a statement apparently leaves open the potential to try again to ban the ammo, but it is nevertheless a victory for gunowners.

“Although ATF endeavored to create a proposal that reflected a good faith interpretation of the law and balanced the interests of law enforcement, industry, and sportsmen, the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study,” ATF said.

US Rep. John Culberson, a Texas Republican, told The Washington Times the agency “made the right call by reversing course on a misguided plan that would have trampled on Americans’ Second Amendment rights.”

For more information, click here for Off The Grid News’ initial story and here for The Times’ story from today.

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  1. They only backed off because they got caught.
    As soon as our backs are turned, they will try again.

  2. Hello young Nam Vet. Most folks don’t understand that a .22 is one of the deadliest rounds one can own. Will do about anything…..

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