The ATF stops short of a 5.56 M855 ammo ban with their recent announcement.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) released word that they would not be moving forward with the proposed ban of 5.56 M855 “green tip” ammunition at this time while it reviews the record number of comments it has received so far.
The ATF will “not at this time seek to issue a final framework.”
Totaling more than 80,000 comments, the unprecedented response to whether or not certain projectiles are “primarily intended for sporting purposes” within the meaning of the proposed ban reached the record number with six days left in the comment period.
From the ATF’s announcement:
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.
The announcement comes days after word of the ban started making the rounds, and based on the level of reaction, sportsmen and shooting enthusiasts are making their voices heard.
When the comment period is closed on March 16, the ATF will process the comments received, continue to evaluate the issues raised , and work to provide additional open, transparent processes before proceeding any further.