The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms officially announced Tuesday that it has halted its plan to ban a popular form of AR-15 ammunition due to intense public pressure.
The surprise announcement comes not even one week after a top National Rifle Association official vowed the NRA – and its 5 million members – would stand their ground and do everything possibleto stop the gun control measure that would have banned “green tips,” a popular type of ammunition used for AR-15 rifles.
Critics on both sides of the political aisle feared the ATF policy would have set an unstoppable precedent for future firearms and ammunition bans. Gun rights advocates flooded the ATF with comments.
“Although ATF endeavored to create a proposal that reflected a good faith interpretation of the law and balanced 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,” an ATF news release states.
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) March 10, 2015
Patriots are enjoying a moment of relief on Twitter to express – at least a temporary victory – for the Second Amendment.
— heath simpson (@heathjsimpson) March 10, 2015
@ATFHQ I guess the sad thing is people have to speak up to keep their constitution in the first place
— Gordon Cooke™ (@Gordon_cooke) March 10, 2015
@ATFHQ No, the US constitution is what has spoken. You should study it sometime…..
— ن (@TiberTaig) March 10, 2015
@ATFHQ Thank you for hearing us. We appreciate and understand the situation that the agency is in. You did the right thing.
— Dan Newberry (@BANGsteel308) March 10, 2015
@ATFHQ Thank you for listening.
— S. Martinez MBA PMP (@SteveMartinez2) March 10, 2015
Aw, that’s nice, but the fact that the ATF left the door open to “revisit” the ammo ban is not lost on savvy Twitter followers, and they won’t be letting their guards down any time soon.
@ATFHQ Very disingenuous… Looks political, sounds political and smells political. It’s a back-door gun ban.
— dwagner (@dwagner) March 10, 2015
— Phillip (@TheRealPhilBert) March 10, 2015
— #obamAmerica (@Coopy01) March 10, 2015
@ATFHQ Study this: You do not have the authority to ban it. What you proposed is illegal.
— Jeff (@Jeff257) March 10, 2015
And if the ATF really wants Constitution-loving patriots off its back, here’s some advice…
— 2A Adam (@xxarea83xx) March 10, 2015
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