Government backs off from banning assault rifle bullet

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NEW YORK — Amid a massive outcry from gun enthusiasts, the government has backed away from a proposed ban on a specific bullet used in assault rifles that can pierce vests and body armor worn by police officers.

In a bid to protect police officers, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had recently announced a proposal to ban the armor-piercing M855 bullet, which is used in assault rifles such as the AR-15.

However, when the agency opened its proposal to public comment, it received a tsunami of 80,000 comments, most of them against the ban.

“The vast majority comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study,” said the ATF. “Accordingly, ATF will not at this time seek to issue a final framework.”

Armor-piercing bullets for handguns have been banned from public use since 1968. But the M855 has managed to avoid the ban because it is used in assault rifles, which aren’t technically handguns, and fall under the category of sporting rifles used by target shooters and hunters.

It’s another victory for gun advocates, who tend to oppose all forms of gun restrictions, out of fear that they could be incremental steps towards wider restrictions.

Fears of a ban on the bullet had prompted gun owners to stock up on the M855 ammo, which was disappearing from gun store shelves around the country.

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12 comments

  • "peety"

    Remember when Republicans were not bought and paid for by NRA?

    “I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth or home defense. But I do believe an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon nor needed for home defense.”
    Ronald Reagan

    • dg54321

      And nobody has a machine gun at home. Quit speaking from ignorance.

      And despite your desperate attempts to portray it as such, no matter the political party, when someone is wrong, they are wrong. This is not a party issue, this is a rights issue. Stop being a partisan for two seconds and you might realize that.

    • EastboundAndDown

      Ah the ol’ “The NRA owns everyone” line. Well at least we know your delusions up front. But more to the point, the anti-gunners like bloomberg and similar spend way more money lobbying than the NRA. If you want to talk about who owns who then the anti-gunners wind hands down.

      • "peety"

        only recently has that been the case. After initiative 676, in which the NRA outspent the bill sponsors by millions, a group of well educated Americans decided to fight money with money.

        • dg54321

          “Well educated Americans”…come on Petey, the info is available for all to see. It was Bloomberg and Gates, with their billions, the “evil 1%”, who backed this scheme. So apparently they’re both the enemy and your friend, depending on what type of tyranny they are backing today. Enough hypocrisy from you. You’ve worn out any patience anybody has with you on this topic.

  • Site Visitor

    “…assault rifles, which aren’t technically handguns…” There’s no “technically” about it, a rifle isn’t a handgun! This is worded to make it sound like there’s some kind of loophole involved, but anybody with even the slightest familiarity with guns knows that rifles aren’t handguns, period! (Obviously the “assault rifle” term itself is a [bad] joke, but that’s another matter.)

  • Alice

    The only reason why the government pulled back was because they were openly caught violating the Administrative Procedure Act. The following is from the article: “EXCLUSIVE: Common AR-15 Green Tip Ammunition Already Banned in New ATF Regulation Guide”
    and
    “ATF changed the law unilaterally, didn’t tell anyone about it and has now put up a bogus comment period that means nothing. Because of these actions, ATF and the White House have not only failed to follow the Administrative Procedure Act, but has gone around Congress to violate the Second Amendment rights of Americans. “

    • Alice

      Left a paragraph out of my post. My post should have read:
      The only reason why the government pulled back was because they were openly caught violating the Administrative Procedure Act. The following is from the article: “EXCLUSIVE: Common AR-15 Green Tip Ammunition Already Banned in New ATF Regulation Guide”
      “On Friday February 13 at 4:00 pm, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms released a proposal to ban commonly used M855 “green tip” AR-15 ammunition under the guise of law enforcement safety. The same day the proposal was released, on a Friday of a three day holiday weekend, ATF opened up a shortened 30-day period for the public to submit comments about the new regulation.
      But it turns out, ATF has been working on a ban of AR-15 “green-tip” ammunition for quite some time and has already issued the ban in its new, 2014 Regulation Guide. For reference, ATF Regulation Guides come out approximately every ten years.”
      “ATF changed the law unilaterally, didn’t tell anyone about it and has now put up a bogus comment period that means nothing. Because of these actions, ATF and the White House have not only failed to follow the Administrative Procedure Act, but has gone around Congress to violate the Second Amendment rights of Americans. “

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