House Republicans seek to limit ATF guns and ammo rule changes
By Chris Eger
A group of over 30 lawmakers introduced a measure last week that would bar the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ ability to some restrict ammunition and guns via reclassification.
The “Lawful Purpose and Self-Defense Act,” has been entered as H.R. 2620 and would neuter the ATF’s regulatory authority to ban some types of firearms and ammo used for self-defense.
“The Founding Fathers were clear when they drafted the Bill of Rights. The 2nd Amendment is about security and self-defense,” said bill sponsor, U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, in a statement. “Vagaries in today’s legal code pose a real threat to the right to keep and bear arms. The Obama Administration exploited this ambiguity to forward its agenda of restriction. It’s time to ensure no future Administration tramples on these freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.”
In its present form, the measure it would protect large caliber rifles and shotguns from being reclassified as “destructive devices” under the National Firearms Act. In several states, rifles chambered in .50 caliber BMG have been banned and Bishop’s legislation would prevent such a curtailment on the federal level.
Next, the bill would remove ATF’s ability to reclassify ammunition as being armor piercing. This could derail past rule