Republican Introduces Bill Revoking ATF’s Power to Regulate Ammo

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  1. IronMonster

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    -( On Friday, Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) introduced legislation revoking the ATF’s claim of power to regulate ammunition via “armor piecing” language in the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA).

    The ATF is specifically claiming the ability to regulate ammunition via the “armor piercing” language contained in the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act, an amendment added to the GCA in 1986.

    Their current focus is on banning the wildly popular M855 round for AR-15 rifles.

    Rooney’s bill would roll back the ATF’s powers to pre-1986 levels.

    According to The Hill, Rooney’s bill “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.”

    Rooney said:

    The Obama administration’s [proposed ban of M855 ammo] would unilaterally strip law-abiding hunters and sportsmen of their Second Amendment rights. Congress has made its intentions clear that this ammunition is for sporting purposes and should not be restricted. We cannot and will not stand by while the Obama administration tramples on the constitution, the rule of law, and the Second Amendment rights of hunters.
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  2. americanredoubt

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  3. Caveman Jim

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    And rightfully so, they (ATF) are a police force for enforcing laws written by Congress. They have no business helping any politician engage in shady backdoor deals to propel their biased gun control agenda.:mad:
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  5. Stomper

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    I understand that if "efforts" aren't made then nothing will ever change (for the best) and it feels good to appear someone in government is "on our side", but "introducing a bill" is a looooooong cry from havng any authority to compel any alphabet agency to pull it in.

    It would have to get passd in both houses, which is feasible but the Senate would have to invoke the "nuclear option" to get a simple majority vote passage, then there's getting the POTUS to sign it into law..... (Veto)

    I suspect that 2A rights are waaaaaaay down the list of priorities for the Senate to spend what "political capital" they have to "go nuclear".... don't be holding your breath. :rolleyes:
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  6. Dave Workman

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    I was even on CNN Tuesday morning!

    Senators’ letter to ATF: Proposed ammo ban ‘does not follow law’

    Fifty-three United States senators, led by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and Texas Sen. John Cornyn, yesterday sent a letter to the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, stating that a “framework” proposal to ban .223-caliber M855 ammunition “does not follow” guidelines of the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act (LEOPA).
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  7. John H

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    Funny, I don't remember seeing any Senators from WA on that list:mad:. Maybe they just forgot:confused:
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  8. Martini_Up

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    nuke the 'sporting purposes' clause in the '68 GCA and a lot of laws unravel. besides, what does 'sporting purposes' and the right keep and bear arms have to do with each other?
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