We won on the M855 proposed ban.
With over 80,000 public comments to date, and pressure from hundreds of members of Congress and even coverage in the mainstream media, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives and really big parties announced today they are backing down from the proposed regulatory ban of M855 and SS-109 projectiles. For now.
Seems the heat they got as a results of many of our readers and tens of thousands of other good folks proved a little hotter than they expected – even with them playing games with the public comment process.
Pat yourself on the back if you submitted comments about this proposed ban. It just goes to show that while one individual voice has limited influence in Washington, a chorus of tens of thousands of voices can serve as a powerful influence for decision-makers.
Here’s the entire text of their press release:
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.