BATFE Director Resigns

  • 23 March 2015
  • NormanL
BATFE director ousted

B. Todd Jones, the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has resigned in the wake of his agency's high-handed attempt to ban ammunition used in AR-15s -- the most popular firearm in the country:

...after 21 months in office, [Jones] is out the door. The victim of his own hubris as ATF botched the so-called “green tip” bullet ban by publishing their once-a-decade 2014">2014 Regulation Guide without an exemption for the common shooting sports ammunition that had existed for almost thirty years. His ham-handed attempt to force through a regulatory change with only 30 days for comments fell flat as the Administration and ATF came under intense scrutiny from congress">Congress as a result.

Now Jones is gone, and ATF is in full apology mode as witnessed by a news release that accompanied notice that the regulation banning the ammunition was being pulled that ends,

“The 2014 Regulation Guide will be corrected in PDF format to include the listing of armor piercing ammunition exemptions and posted shortly. The e-book/iBook version of the Regulation Guide will be corrected in the near future. ATF apologizes for any confusion caused by this publishing error.”

A "publishing error"?

That's that's the first time we can recall that excuse being used to explain an epic failure of bureaucratic over reach.