ATF puts Ammunition Ban on Hold

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GREEN BAY, Wis (WFRV) A federal proposal to ban ammunition used in AR-15 rifles has been dropped for now. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says opposition from the public is the reason why. Gun owners spoke out and the federal government says they listened.

The decision was announced on the ATF’s Twitter account Monday – saying “You spoke – we listened.” A wise choice according to gun store employee, Dale Raby.

“This is the most popular type of rifle ammunition out there – like trying to ban alcohol all over again,” said Raby who works at Gus’s Guns in Green Bay.

The bullet in question is the M855 – commonly called “green tip” ammo. The bullets which can penetrate bulletproof vests, were approved for sale by ATF in 1986 and designed for use in rifles. But because there are now handguns that can also fire the bullets, ATF feared they now pose a greater risk to law enforcement. An argument Raby doesn’t believe.

“Talk to any police officer and are they worried about armor-piercing ammunition? Absolutely not,” said Raby.

The ATF said they received 80,000 comments on the proposal stating “the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study.”

Wednesday area hunters were on both sides of this debate.

“That shows how important it is to keep those rights,” said one man against the proposed ban. “Little by little – they are chipping away and people are getting tired of it.”

“We got thirty-thirty, thirty-aught-six, three-aught-eight – that’s good enough,”said another hunter.

“I wouldn’t go deer hunting with that type of rifle, but it all comes down to the right to bear arms,” said another man against ATF’s proposal.

Gun rights groups have argued the proposal was really aimed at banning the AR-15 rifle. AFT says they will continue to study the proposal.

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