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Monday, March 23, 2015

Christian Science Monitor: Departure of ATF Chief Victory for Gun Rights Groups

The Christian Science Monitor has this story on the announced resignation of ATF Director B. Todd Jones:
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has never been a favorite with gun rights groups or their champions on Capitol Hill. To put it mildly.

The departure of ATF Director B. Todd Jones this week was “to pursue other opportunities in the private sector,” as the official announcement declared – reportedly to a newly-created senior position with the National Football League (NFL).

But the real reason Mr. Jones’ tenure at the controversial ATF finally came to an end had to do with an attempt to ban certain armor-piercing bullets used in AR-15 assault-style weapons. For the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other pro-gun groups, controlling ammunition is just as objectionable as regulating gun ownership.
The announcement was applauded by pro-rights advocates from the NRA to House Judiciary Chairman and Virginia 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte.  At least one anti-rights Democrat also piled on Jones:
“This was sloppily handled and as a result the outcome was surprising, disappointing and even confusing,” Rep. Steve Israel, (D) of New York, told The Hill newspaper. “I hope under the new leadership the ATF can have a more transparent and responsive process.”
Our opponents in Congress want to pick up where Jones left off however.  Israel is backing legislation that would prohibit all forms of so-called "armor-piercing ammunition."   On the pro-rights side, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, (R) of Wisconsin, is pushing legislation that would eliminate ATF.

1 comment:

sgharrod said...

Our opponents in Congress want to pick up where Jones left off however. Israel is backing legislation that would prohibit all forms of so-called "armor-piercing ammunition."
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That would eliminate virtually all hunting rifle ammunition. Legislators who neither own nor use firearams, nor even have a passable working knowledge of firearms or ammunition, should have NO SAY in the regulation thereof and should recuse themselves from any deliberations, debate or vote on any proposed laws that would restrict the rights to usage of that of which they demonstrably know so little.