BATFE Backs Off, Will Not Ban Bullets … For Now

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has ended plan to ban bullets, or—more likely—has paused it.

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Last month Bob Allen wrote about how, “Banning Bullets Means Banning Guns.” The BATFE was trying to make ammunition for the AK-47 illegal.

Thanks to the outrage, especially what was channeled through the NRA, the BATFE is backing down. The Washington Examiner reports in the Secrets column by Paul Bedard, “ATF waves white flag, kills AR-15 bullet ban in big win for NRA.”

Under intense pressure from majorities in the House and Senate, the National Rifle Association’s huge membership, the Obama administration has abruptly changed course and is rescinding its push to ban popular and cheap ammo used by AR-15 owners.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said 80,000 comments rolled in, many against the proposal to ban the 5.56 M855 “green tip” ammo. The NRA and the other groups still plan to flood ATF mailboxes with opposition letters just to make sure they go through with their withdrawal.


“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.”

But we didn’t need a balanced proposal because there is no need for any kind of proposal. There was no reason to change the status quo by restricting a new kind of gun. Does anyone really think the police—currently getting free military equipment from the pentagon, is really threatened by a type of bullet?

The good news here is that people in Congress did their job. We can, for once, be thankful that it is dominated by Republicans. When encouraged by the National Rifle Association, Congress does defend freedom. And while we can be quite confident that the BATFE is hoping for another chance to ban bullets, we can also expect Republicans in Congress to repudiate the plan.

I wish they would stand up for our rights more often.