ATF Claims “More Study” on M855 Ammo Ban

ATF Tweet saying they will not make a final decision on the ammo ban at this time

Buried in between stories on ATF raids, the bureau Tweeted yesterday afternoon its intentions for “more study” on the purposed armor-piercing ammo exemption—M855 ammo ban—before making a final decision.

Thanks to the efforts of gun owners such as you, the ATF has already received a record number of comments—over 80,000—before the comment period has ended. The people have spoken and it seems the ATF heard our voices.

ATF Tweet saying they will not make a final decision on the ammo ban at this time
The ATF Tweeted its intentions for “more study” on the purposed ammo ban.

“Notice to those Commenting on the Armor Piercing Ammunition Exemption Framework

Thank you for your interest in ATF’s proposed framework for determining whether certain projectiles are “primarily intended for sporting purposes” within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(C). The informal comment period will close on Monday, March 16, 2015. ATF has already received more than 80,000 comments, which will be made publicly available as soon as practicable.

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. Accordingly, ATF will not at this time seek to issue a final framework. After the close of the comment period, ATF will process the comments received, further evaluate the issues raised therein, and provide additional open and transparent process (for example, through additional proposals and opportunities for comment) before proceeding with any framework.”

Leading organizations such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) are fighting for our rights on one level, but we need to support them from a grass roots level. Today, following the ATF’s announcement, the NSSF said, “NSSF continues to strongly urge ATF to grant 32 long-pending petitions to exempt alternative rifle ammunition designed and intended for the hunting market.” Further, the Firearms Policy Coalition sent out a breaking bulletin. President Brandon Combs writes, “While we’re pleased to see that the Obama Administration and ATF listened to the American people for once, it’s clear to us that this fight isn’t over. Gun owners must continue to be vigilant in their defense of the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms. As the M855 ammo ban debacle proved, the federal government will run over Second Amendment rights any chance it gets. We can’t take our eye off the ball for one second.” There is still the question of whether the ATF will ultimately rule in favor of the Second Amendment, so let us not celebrate any false victories. Instead, let us double or triple the number and really let the ATF hear our voices. Now is the time to ramp up the pressure. There are millions of gun owners and only 80,000 comments. The comment period is open until March 16.

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Comments (62)

  1. If any one noticed the newly appointed man at
    the ATF resigned from his position on Friday.
    Unless someone FIRED HIM because of inaction
    on Bullet Ban!!

  2. as everyone forgotten that the purpose and intent of the second amendment is to keep the populace on par with the government run military forces to prevent those forces from the oppression of the populace. The government (aka a wanna be dictator) does not want us to defend ourselves from government forces and can prevent our defense by denying us weapons and or ammunition.
    Its not just Obama but a large cadre of like minded bureaucratic intellectual thugs that want to enslave us to be good little obedient citizens

  3. It’s a small victory for gun rights, but Obama won’t stop with there.
    We need to keep up the fight, not just till he’s out of the whitehouse, but allways!
    The closet socialist will not stop infringing on our rights till we have none left, and they’ll use any and all means to do so.

  4. Has anyone noticed that the BATFE has not considered looking at scientific data? They have , however pissed off the FOP and most all police departments, attorneys general, and a plethora of high state officials because it is what is used as training ammunition. Constituents, gun advocates or not, WILL be hit with higher taxes to cover the increased costs of mandatory training and qualifications. Reach into any voter pocket and the only thing you will find is vengeance at the polls..

  5. Please read and contemplate the meaning of the words: “Government of the people, for the people, by the people.” Then ask yourself who the hell do they think they are that they shall decide what we the people can or cannot have. Furthermore, stop with the “for hunting or sporting purposes” line. The ammo is for protection against the government should that become necessary, so do they really want us using hollow points and soft tips???

  6. Folks, left-leaning, tree-hugging, fish-kissing baby-killers WILL NOT stop until ALL ammo and ALL guns are banned. “They” have tried banning lead shot because “millions of birds are dying” which of course they could NOT prove. But when emotions run amuck, reason takes a back seat. I DO wish that retailers would STOP emphasizing that M855 is “Light Armor Piercing” (LAP) even if it is, STOP giving the “lefties” information that they can use on the ignorant uninformed masses.

    1. Point well put. We’re our own worst enemies with the use of improper nomenclature, such as “assault” rifles and someone who was killed “by” a firearm as opposed to “with ” one.

    2. Agreed, Blade.

      Gun enthusiasts know what it is, but the lefties are too uninformed and too ignorant to know unless we tell them.

      Personally, I don’t use Green Tip for much of anything, but I will not give the gun grabbers an inch because it will soon become a mile.

  7. The law states the government is forbidden to prevent citizens from arming for battle. If they ban XM855 it won’t be too hard to convert hardball into tungtsen core. I am glad that the ATF is rviewing their policy which is irrelevant. Their agents are seriously outnumbered. WRight now I just have better things to do than buy XM855 since I have over 1500 rounds. What is more important is my preference for the 1000 550 grain Hornady VMax. Supposedly neck shots and head shots do more damage than a ss109 style projectile. Meanwhile my Hornady 75 grain hoolowpoints are also likely more deadly alternative.

  8. Well, I don’t find anywhere in my copy of the Constitution that ammunition must be primarily intended for sporting purposes. And would that be ammunition we ignorant masses are “allowed” to buy, or does it apply across the board, thereby assuring equal protection under the law?

  9. More study means.. Continue to stockpile M855 so that someone amongst us can continue to get a ‘kickback’. Maybe we can instigate a ‘run’ on ammo since we over produced and using simple supply and demand the profit margin is going down.

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