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Tom Rooney: Congress Must Ensure Obama, ATF Can't Ban 'Green Tip' Ammo

March 16, 2015 - 7:00pm

While the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) temporally stopped its efforts against green tip" ammunition last week, a Florida congressman is fighting to ensure the ban never goes through.

The White House announced at the start of the month that it was behind a proposal from ATF to ban the manufacture and sale of 5.56 mm/.223 caliber M855 green tip ammo which is commonly used in hunting, especially with AR-15 rifles.

But, last week, , ATF announced it would hold off on efforts to ban green tip ammo until the public finished offering its thoughts on the matter. So far, majorities in both chambers of Congress -- 52 senators and 240 House representatives -- are against the ban. More than 80,000 Americans have let ATF know what they think of the ban with the overwhelming majority opposing it.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., unveiled the Second Amendment Rights Act in recent weeks. Rooneys bill would ensure the ATF and other federal agencies would not be able to stop the manufacture and sale of that kind of ammunition.

The Obama administrations proposal would unilaterally strip law-abiding hunters and sportsmen of their Second Amendment rights, Rooney said when he brought out the bill at the end of February. Congress has made its intentions clear that this ammunition is for sporting purposes and should not be restricted. We cannot and we will not stand by while the Obama administration tramples on the Constitution, the rule of law, and the Second Amendment rights of hunters in my district and across the country.

Even after ATF announced it was not going through with the ban, at least for the moment, Rooney insisted his bill was still needed.

The ATF cant get its story straight about whether this ban was a publishing error or a serious proposal that they shelved due to public backlash, but the White House has been consistent the president supported the ban, and his administration will continue working toward unilateral gun control, Rooney said last week after the ATF backed down. Whether its the ATF, the EPA, or any other agency, Congress cannot allow unelected bureaucrats to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

We need to keep the pressure on the ATF and the entire Obama administration, Rooney added. I urge House leadership to take up my bill to prevent any federal agency from using ammunition bans as a back door to undermine the Second Amendment.

Rooneys bill has more than 40 co-sponsors including fellow Florida Republican U.S. Reps. John Mica, Bill Posey, Dennis Ross and Ted Yoho.

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