A leading government watchdog group has filed suit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in a bid to obtain records related to a proposed reclassification that would effectively ban certain types of AR-15 ammunition as armor-piercing.
"This is yet another example of how [former President Barack] Obama's wanton use of the 'pen and the phone' attempted to undermine the constitutional rights of all Americans, as opposed to upholding the rule of law," Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said in a statement.
"The Obama ATF simply ignored our request on their ammo ban. Let's hope the [President Donald] Trump administration finally brings transparency to this out-of-control agency."
According to Judicial Watch, the ATF is reportedly reconsidering its February 2015 proposal to revise the 2014 Regulation Guide regarding the reclassification of certain ammunition.
But the ATF failed to respond to a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch, according to Fitton.
The request asked for "all records of communications, including emails" related to its revision of a 2014 regulation guide to no longer exempt 5.56 mm. SS109 and M855 ammunition" from the definition of "armor-piercing" weaponry, he said.
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