Congress ready to block BATFE ammo ban

  • 12 March 2015
  • NormanL
Congress poised to block BATFE ammo ban

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) proposed regulations that would ban the ammunition used in AR-15s --the most popular firearm sold in the United States -- is getting some congressional push-back:

The Protecting Second Amendment Rights Act, introduced Friday by Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), would roll back the ATF’s power to regulate ammunition.

“The Obama administration’s proposal would unilaterally strip law-abiding hunters and sportsmen of their Second Amendment rights,” Rooney said in a statement. “congress">Congress has made its intentions clear that this ammunition is for sporting purposes and should not be restricted. We cannot and we will not stand by while the Obama administration tramples on the constitution">constitution">Constitution, the rule of law, and the Second Amendment rights of hunters.”

The Protecting Second Amendment Rights Act would "would prohibit the ATF or any other federal agency from issuing or enforcing any new restriction or prohibition on the manufacture, importation or sale of ammunition in the United States."

No word yet on the this legislation's status, but we will keep you informed. In the meantime, the BATFE is taking public comment on its proposed ammunition ban until March 16th.

Here's what you can do to stop the BATFE from enacting this backdoor gun control measure:

1. Send email to the BATFE at [email protected] (link sends e-mail) (follow the instructions at the link for submitting comments).

2. If you prefer to send a letter, mail it to:

Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments.

3. Contact your members of Congress and tell them to oppose the BATFE's backdoor gun ban. Call 202-224-3121

4. You can also contact you congressmen via email at this link, provided by our friends at the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action.