Barack Obama’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is supposed to seek public comment before changing regulations.
Not so under Barack Hussein Obama’s regime when he wants to take “executive action” to burden the most law-abiding of our society with more rules and regulations when it comes to guns.
The Obama regime announced a proposed ban on M855 bullets late on the Friday before Valentine’s Day and allowed the customary 30-day period for public comment. However, regulatory documents published in January were written as though the changes were already approved.
In other words, the public comment period was all for show.
A review of the timeline:
January 2015: ATF published a new, OMB approved Regulation Guide stripping AR-15 “green-tip” from its armor piercing exemption list.
February 2015: ATF proposes a ban (which they’ve already put in place through their handbook published in January) on AR-15 “green-tip” ammunition and opens up a comment period.
March 16, 2015: The comment period about the proposed/already implemented ban on AR-15 “green-tip” ammunition closes, ATF ignores tens-of-thousands of comments because they were never going to consider them in the first place, and continues with the regulations outlined in the new 2014 Regulation Guide.
The bottom line, from Town Hall:
ATF changed the law unilaterally, didn’t tell anyone about it and has now put up a bogus comment period that means nothing. Because of these actions, ATF and the White House have not only failed to follow the Administrative Procedure Act, but has gone around Congress to violate the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
If this were any Republican president, today’s partisan hack Democrats in Washington would be clamoring for articles of impeachment.
But because it is our Dear Leader, anything goes.
Caught red-handed, the ATF now claims that it was merely a publishing error. Sure it was.
“ATF apologizes for any confusion caused by this publishing error.”