BATFE Says NO To Ammo Ban
Although ATF endeavored to create a proposal that reflected a good faith interpretation of the law and balanced the interests of law enforcement, industry, and sportsmen, the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study.
Accordingly, ATF will not at this time seek to issue a final framework. After the close of the comment period, ATF will process the comments received, further evaluate the issues raised therein, and provide additional open and transparent process (for example, through additional proposals and opportunities for comment) before proceeding with any framework.
Once the police union called out the White House on their claim that the ban would not have any affect on police safety, we knew that the ban had essentially become dead in the water.
The overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle (and from both chambers) to overturn this proposed ban put a ton of pressure on the ATF and the White House to justify their decision. They gambled on the idea that it would protect police, and their gamble failed.
To date the ATF received over 80,000 comments during the open comment period. Overwhelmingly most of the comments were against the proposed ban – and no doubt the ATF got a very stern earful from the American people.
They say they will investigate the matter further and possibly revisit the ban once the investigation is complete; but they won’t. This overreach decision caused a bill to be introduced that would eliminate the BATFE as an agency altogether.
Simply put, the ATF got slapped down HARD and put in their place by both the American people and by legislators in Washington. They are most likely going to lick their wounds, crawl back into their corner and keep their mouth shut on matters like these in the future.