In a notice posted on its website Tuesday the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) announced it will no longer pursue a ban on a popular form of 5.56 ammunition commonly used in AR-15 rifles.
"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," the notice said. "Accordingly, ATF will not at this time seek to issue a final framework."
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"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."
The agency reported it had received "more than 80,000 comments" in response to the proposed ban. The deluge of comments came after gun rights groups across the country called on their members to write the agency in opposition of the proposed action.