How Chuck Grassley, Rand Paul, and 80,000 Other Americans Clobbered an Ammo Ban

The ATF did what right-wingers live in fear of. They noticed.
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New committee chairman Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) takes his seat for a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill January 22, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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At the end of February, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms issued a lengthy epistle on "determining whether certain projectiles are 'primarily intended for sporting purposes.'" Anyone who read the 17-page memo would learn that the ATF was considering a ban on M855 ball ammunition, and that citizens had until March 16 to comment.

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