ATF drops ammo ban after public comments
BATON ROUGE - The federal government scrapped a controversial plan to ban the sale of a type of ammo used in AR-15 rifles this week.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms announced there are no more plans to purse banning the military style ammo known as "green tips." The original proposal suggested the ammo be banned since it can be used in handguns and could pierce law enforcement body armor.
Many in Louisiana disagreed with the claims.
"I think even a lot of sheriffs and lot of people in the police department were also taken back because again I think your average criminal isn't using that type of ammo," said Kimberly Jester, gun owner.
The ban would have come in the form of an executive order from the president, but after strong opposition from gun groups and others the ATF now says it will study the matter further.
Wade Duty has been running the gun range "Precision" along Cloverland Avenue for the last 8 years. He's also a lobbyist for the local shooting association. He says he was also suprised by the initial suggestions of a ban.
"There's nothing particularly magical about the bullets," Duty said. "They're a high-velocity round as any other hunting caliber that people are more commonly familiar with, so I think it was really just a test effort to see if the proposed structure change was going to be accepted."
However, after the ATF received major heat through social media and more than 80,000 comments directed toward the federal organization, they decided to pull back the ban.
The ATF released a statement which said "the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include the issues that deserve further study."
The agency said it is currently reviewing the comments and will continue to take public comments until early next week. No word yet on if there will be discussions to ban the bullets in the future.