ATF’s AR-15 Ammo Ban Halted in Big Win for California

UNITED STATES, Salt Lake City : SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 15: Ammo and a high capacity 30 round clip sits on the table at the "Get Some Guns & Ammo" shooting range on January 15, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lawmakers are calling for tougher gun legislation …
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On March 10 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) halted their proposed AR-15 ammo ban to reconsider the “framework” on which the ban rested.

This is huge news for Californians, who already face a ban on most traditional hunting ammunition thanks a statewide ban on lead-based ammunition singed by Governor Jerry Brown (D) on October 11, 2013.

The pending AR-15 ammo ban was to be directed toward the M855 round and would have left Californians with even fewer types of ammunition available for hunting and target shooting purposes. But on March 10, ATF Headquarters announced that the ban is being delayed to reconsider the “framework” being used to determine armor piercing qualities.

Public comment on the proposed ban was being accepted through March 16, but on March 10 the the ATF released a “Special Advisory” saying they had gotten the message.

The Advisory said in part:

After the close of the comment period, ATF will process the comments received, further evaluate the issues raised therein, and provide an additional open and transparent process (for example, through additional proposals and opportunities for comment) before proceeding with any framework.

The bottom line–Californians and other Americans received a reprieve… for now.

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