ATF proposal framework increases local sales of certain class of - KOAM TV 7

ATF proposal framework increases local sales of certain class of ammunition

Liberty Gun Sales owner Gerald Messer is holding two boxes of M855. A popular bullet, the M855 green tip ammunition is commonly used in the AR-15 rifle.  

Earlier this year, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, ATF, proposed to ban the ammo because of its ability to pierce body armor. The framework has had some gun owners aiming straight for the shelves.  

"Regular guys have come in here and ordered some because they figured it might get hard to get in the future," said Messer. The interest in the ammo he's received is small in comparison to others.  

"It's a small town, there's not as much here, but in other places there has been a big run on it."

Like at Steve's Trading post in Joplin. There is plenty of ammo on the shelves, but no M855.

"We had approximately 11 cases in stock and it sold rather quickly," said owner Steve Richards.

Along with a drive to purchase the ammo, Richards says many gun advocates against the proposal also voiced their opinions.

"They got in touch with their congressman and complained and said they weren't for it," said Richards.

The ATF received more than 80,000 comments.  

On Tuesday, the bureau released A special advisory stating the following:

"Thank you for your interest in ATF's proposed framework for determining whether certain projectiles are “primarily intended for sporting purposes” within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(C). The informal comment period will close on Monday, March 16, 2015. ATF has already received more than 80,000 comments, which will be made publicly available as soon as practicable.

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."

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