ATF shelves bullet ban proposal

by Tim Devane  |  published on March 10, 2015

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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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said Tuesday it will not ban bullets commonly used in AR-15 hunting rifles “at this time,” after receiving more than 80,000 comments on the proposal.

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

The National Rifle Association (NRA), which launched a campaign against the ban immediately after it was proposed last month, declared victory.

“NRA members fought back as the tip of the spear ” said Chris Cox, executive director of the powerful group’s lobbying arm.

“This is a win for not only America’s gun owners, but everyone who supports the Constitution, because if the president can undermine a fundamental freedom such as this, then he can undermine anything.”

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