It is well known by now that the ATF attempted to ban M855/SS109 ammunition recently based on an exaggerated, if not false, claim that the bullet was armor piercing and there were pistols chambered in that round. The ban did not go through, as there was a very large and very negative reaction to it. That is one bit of good news. The other bit of good news is that the Director, B. Todd Jones, resigned after this failed attempt at backdoor gun control.
The bad news, however, is that the ATF, at this point, is still able to make rules and act as a political body, rather than an enforcement agency only. So, great, the director resigned and the ban did not go through; the agency as a whole still has authority to create rules on the fly and that is unacceptable. At some point, if the ATF remains capable of creating rules and regulations, this ammo, among others, will be banned. Until a bill is passed that makes the ATF only capable of enforcing laws, there is a real risk of “laws” being created by a non-political body which, currently, thinks along the lines of the United Nations, which is not very conducive to the American Spirit, nor the Second Amendment.
No agency should be capable of making and enforcing laws, as that is a conflict of interest and the opposite of the ideals of our Founding Fathers. If the governing bodies are the enforcing bodies, then there is a monopoly of power that conflicts with the concept of our nation. At some point, this must either end, or it will end our freedoms. There are currently bills in place that would, if enacted, limit the power of the ATF and help to prevent them from making laws. Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) would simply limit the ATF’s ability to regulate ammunition, while Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) proposed a bill that would completely shut down the ATF.
I, for one, believe that an agency such as the ATF should exist, but not as the ATF exists now. The change would be significant enough that the ATF we know today would have to close its doors and a new agency put in place. The new agency, call it what you will, would only be able to enforce laws and regulations, not make them. The main focus of the new agency, in regards to firearms, would by in large investigate large firearms-related crimes and ensure that firearms makers who produce products that need to be recalled for safety reasons are doing just that. They would have no say in who could own a firearm, what firearms are legal, what ammunition can be used or how a firearm can be employed.
So, no, the ban did not go through and the director who oversaw this attempt has resigned, but no, it is not enough. The ATF is a threat to our rights and is in direct conflict with our founding ideals. There will eventually be a breaking point where either the ATF has so much power that the people have no voice, or the people stand tall and demand reforms that restrict their functions in such a way that it removes the monopoly of power that has been created by the ATF.
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