Good news!

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.



8 thoughts on “VICTORY, FOR NOW: ATF backs off M855 proposed ban”
  1. Remember what is said here about the collective voice, and bring that voice to IGOLD on the 18th. A few people saying the same thing is a minor rumble, a lot of people saying the same thing is thunder, and thunder gets attention.

  2. “ATF will not at this time seek to issue a final framework”

    Key words being “at this time”.

    They’ll wait for the next holiday weekend or some tragedy, and then it will be back.

    Stay alert, stay involved. Check back here every day, and join GunsSaveLife to stay current. The price of freedom IS eternal vigilance.

  3. God bless America’s gun owners and gun rights activists!

    Way to go everybody.

    Yes, we’ll have to keep our guard up, but common sense prevailed this time.

    Cheap, mediocre ammo will remain available. And Obama helped sell a whole bunch more guns and ammo. For not liking guns, he’s a damn good salesman!


  4. So did they reprint their fieldbook that already has the new regs in it? Doubt it.

    They’ll be back.

  5. Thank you everyone who send a comment to the ATF and called their Senators/Congressmen.

    We also need to thank the Police Organizations and our Senators/Reps, a majority of whom signed a letter opposing ATF’s plan.

    You all are correct. They will be back. We need to be ready for them.

    See you at iGold!

    1. I am pleased with the victory and grateful to all who helped, but we are not so naive as to believe this is over. The antis are just waiting for a new tragedy to exploit. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

  6. Bravo everyone.

    Saw this on the Drudge Report.

    ATF sent this out:

    You spoke, we listened. @ATFHQ plans more study on the proposed AP Ammo exemption framework. See more
    — ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) March 10, 2015

    Color me skeptical. We’ve been speaking for a long time and they haven’t listened. Curious why all the sudden they are listening.

    1. I wonder if they counted up votes in the Senate/House and realized there were enough pro 2A votes to overcome a veto? If Congress can reverse his actions with legislation and make it stick, then Obama is defeated. If he wants to continue “fundamentally transforming” the USA (i.e., draining the lifeblood), then he cannot allow a defeat to happen.

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