— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) March 10, 2015
“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,” an ATF press release states (emphasis mine). “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.”
Members on both sides of the aisle in Congress have also been highly critical of the proposal, along with the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The Bureau received extra scrutiny last week when it was discovered the new ATF 2014 Regulation Guidebook did not include an exemption for AR-15 “green tip” ammunition as “armor piercing.” ATF has said the Regulation Guidebook will be updated to include the exemption.
ATF released the proposal in February for public comment, citing law enforcement safety as justification for the ban. A timeline for “further study” of the proposed ban has not been issued