GOP Lawmaker Introduces Legislation Prohibiting ATF Rifle Ammo Bans

AP Photo/Allen Breed
AP Photo/Allen Breed

On Monday, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) put forth legislation banning future ATF rifle ammo bans.

Titled the Ammunition and Firearms Protection Act, the measure would make certain that ammunition “intended, marketed, and sold for rifle use” falls out outside the ATF’s purview.

The Ammunition and Firearms Protection Act follows the ATF’s decision to suspend its AR-15 ammo ban and The Hill reports that McHenry’s measure is designed to “put an end to this attack on our Second Amendment.”

The ATF’s push for a ban was suspended on March 10. Two days later, Breitbart News reported that Democrats were begging the agency to put the ban back on the table. They implored the agency to use its “existing authority” to revive the ban, and to do so “swiftly.”

McHenry’s efforts to bar the ATF from banning rifle ammo is, in part, a reaction to the Democrats’ efforts to revive the ban.

The Hill quoted McHenry as saying, “They have still left the possibility open that it could be proposed again in the future and many Congressional Democrats have called for just that.”

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