HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms this week announced it was delaying a ban on a popular type of rifle ammunition. It's a decision Congressman Steven Palazzo calls a, "smart move."
The ATF said a plan to ban armor-piercing "green tip" bullets needs further study.
The ammunition is used in AR-15 rifles, but the ATF said the bullets could also be used in pistols, which could be a danger to law officers.
The proposed ban drew the ire of thousands of gun owners and nearly 240 members of Congress, including Palazzo.
"(Postponing the ban is a) smart move," said Palazzo (R-4th Dist.) "We know they've tried to go after the guns and this is a back-door gun control measure," he said. He added, "I'm glad I had over 237 of my colleagues join in writing a letter to the ATF and that's what we're going to remain, ever vigilant and we're going to exercise our oversight function as the U.S. Congress," he said.
The ATF got 80,000 comments about the ban, most of them against it.