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Rep. Steve Israel Tries to Bring Back AR-15 Ammo Ban

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 04:14 PM

A House Democrat has launched an effort to bring back a proposal that would ban a popular type of ammunition.

Rep. Steve Israel of New York wrote a letter to Thomas Brandon, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), asking him to "act swiftly" to protect members of the law enforcement community from armor-piercing bullets, according to The Hill.

"In 2014 alone, 50 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty, a fact that underscores the necessity of the ATF to act swiftly to keep armor-piercing bullets that can be used in pistols off the streets," Israel wrote in the letter, which he sent Tuesday.

The ban would apply to .223 M855 green-tip ammo, commonly used in the AR-15 rifle.

The ATF shelved a proposal that would have banned the bullets last month after gun-rights groups criticized it and said it would interfere with Americans' Second Amendment rights.

The White House said the ban would save the lives of police officers, but critics said no police officer has ever been shot and killed by this particular type of round.

Brandon is currently leading the ATF after former director B. Todd Jones recently stepped down. Jones will next serve as the National Football League's chief disciplinary officer.

Democrats, including Israel, were not happy when the ATF pulled the plug on the proposed ban last month.

"This was sloppily handled, and as a result the outcome was surprising, disappointing and even confusing," Israel told The Hill. "I hope under the new leadership the ATF can have a more transparent and responsive process."

Opponents of the previous proposal said it was a way to render the AR-15 useless, since so many owners of the weapon use the ammo that would have been banned. One law enforcement official said the .223 M855 green-tip ammo has not given police cause for concern.

"Any ammunition in the wrong hands is of concern to police, but this specific round has historically not posed a law enforcement problem," said James Pasco, executive director of the Washington office of the Fraternal Order of Police.

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A Democrat in the House has launched an effort to bring back a proposal that would ban a popular type of ammunition.
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