ATF Received More than 310,000 Comments on Ammo Ban

By Woody published on in News

Guest post by Stephen Gutowski, staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) received more than 310,000 comments from the public on the agency’s failed attempt to ban a popular form of ammunition used in AR-15 rifles.washington-free-beacon-logo

The ATF announced March 10 that it would not pursue a proposed ban on the M855 ammunition, commonly referred to as “green tip,” 5.56 ammunition. The move came after pressure from gun rights groups across the country.

The ATF said at the time that it had received more than 80,000 public comments before making the decision to hold off on the ban.

In addition to encouraging their members to submit comments opposing the ban, several of the largest gun rights groups launched campaigns against the ban. The National Rifle Association organized a letter to the ATF opposing the ban signed by 53 senators and 236 congressmen. The Second Amendment Foundation launched a nationwide radio and television ad campaign against the ban in addition to threatening legal action.

“We’ve received more than 310,000 public comments,” said Ginger Colbrun, a spokesperson for the ATF. “We’re still receiving some letters which are postmarked prior to the end of the comment period, March 16th.”

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Comments (21)

  • kenneth kaplan

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    look what border patrol wants. They requested 12 million rds of 223. ammo for them selves. Now we will see if the commission that was established during D.E.S. request for millions of rounds it put a stop to. Let us see what will happen to this request.

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  • Steve Cullen

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    Two great mysteries of modern times…and I have not gotten the answer r yet, but if someone would care to give their 2 cents on I’m all ears….

    #1….Why does anyone one want to spend millions of dollars on a job (elected politician) that only pays $170K…..

    #2…Why do males have nipples?

    To both questions I have yet to find and answer or even something remotely close to being reasonable as far as an explanation….

    It seems one goes in hand with the other…..

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  • dprato

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    Depends on what you mean for accurate work. Most folks are not long range shooters.

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  • Eric

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    Please, These rounds were developed to penetrate helmets at 300k. In other words the very definition of “armor piercing”. That said, these armor piercing rounds were developed for rifles and have no basis in cop killing with pistols. They also are completely useless for accurate work.

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  • Steve Cullen

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    In theory Yes…

    In reality NO….

    It probably wouldn’t happen…and if it were to happen then this country would simply become no different than Iraq or any other Middle Eastern country that is total disarray now and I have to believe we’re far better a country/nation/society than that….

    If it were to happen, then we’re just the 2015 version of Nazi Germany….

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  • dprato

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    You don’t really believe the military are going to back Obama after he has thrown them and law enforcement under the bus? American pilots bombing American Cities? You going to bomb your mother and father and family or let someone else do it? I doubt it. They will jail Obama and send him to Guantanamo where he belongs.

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