Bullet Ban Casualty – AFT Director Resigns After Green Tip Fight

From the Daily Caller:

The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives resigned suddenly on Friday while the agency is still reeling from its failed “backdoor ammo ban” of the popular 5.56 M855 bullet.

It is unclear if B. Todd Jones’ departure is at all related to that proposed ban. A statement released by the agency only said that he will resign effective March 31 to pursue opportunities in the private sector. ABC News reported that Jones will take a job in New York City, possibly with a professional sports league.

Whatever the reason for his departure, the 57-year-old Jones leaves the agency on a sour note after the ban attempt.

With backing from the Obama administration, ATF sought to prohibit the sale of the M855 — the so-called “green tip” — out of fear that they pose a risk to police officers since they can pierce bullet-proof vests. Green tips were approved by the ATF in 1986, and have become more popular for use in AR-15 pistols.

The agency offered a comment period from the public, but did not advertise the proposal.

Gun rights groups such as the National Rifle Association and numerous lawmakers pushed back heavily on what was characterized as a “backdoor ammo ban.”

That outcry forced ATF to temporarily table the idea.

But Jones did little to assuage those groups’ fears after the ban was shelved. Last week he told the Senate Appropriations Committee that all 5.56 rounds pose “a challenge for officer safety.”

That statement was interpreted by many as an indication that the Obama administration has plans to ban more than just the M855.

Jones has served as director of the agency since July 31, 2013. He was nominated by President Obama in January of that year after serving as acting director since August 2011.

“ATF employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals who serve the public to make our nation safer every day,” he said in a statement. “I have seen firsthand their extraordinary commitment to combatting violent crime, ridding the streets of criminals, and leveraging all available resources to keep our communities safe.”

Jones will be replaced by current ATF deputy director Thomas Brandon. He’s been with the agency since October 2011.

“Throughout his tenure as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Todd Jones has cemented his reputation as an exemplary leader, a consummate professional, and an outstanding public servant,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

Holder also said that Jones “has made bold changes, advanced forward-looking policies, and taken innovative steps to strengthen ATF’s investigative capabilities—including ballistic imaging technology that recently played a critical role in the investigation of the shooting of two police officers.”

Opportunities in the private sector?  That’s too funny.

He got thrown under the bus by Obama because he botched the bullet ban.

~ Hardnox

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12 Responses to Bullet Ban Casualty – AFT Director Resigns After Green Tip Fight

  1. 219rad says:

    Agreed – The ban was in progress even though We The People had until March 16th to respond according to my Political BS file where I deposit responses from letters I have written to our lawmakers. So apparently Mr. Todd or his minions jumped the proverbial gun, let the cat out of the bag or whatever you want to call it and with egg on their faces had to back away from the ban for the time being. This isn’t over. Mr. Todd will go to NY and work with nanny Bloomberg where they will plot to ban all citizen ammunition with maybe the exception BB guns.

    I received the following email on March 3rd.

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ proposal to re-classify certain ammunition as armor piercing. I appreciate you taking the time to write. It is an honor to serve you in the U.S. Senate and I hope you will continue to write with your thoughts and ideas on moving our country forward.

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) proposed change would no longer exempt SS109 and M855 ammunition from the Gun Control Act of 1968, deeming it as armor piercing. In some cases, ammunition considered to be used for sporting purposes would continue to be exempted. The public comment period for this proposal extends to March 16, 2015. I encourage you to submit your thoughts to the ATF regarding this potential ban.

    Our right to bear arms should not be infringed. Congress must protect this right from the overreach of government agencies. Please rest assured that I will be monitoring this situation and the actions of the ATF closely and will keep your thoughts in mind.

    Again, thank you for contacting me, and do not hesitate to do so again when an issue is important to you.


    Corey Gardner

  2. Kathy says:

    Exactly. Now we’ll see if Thomas Brandon is better at bullying than Todd Jones was. That’s how you keep your job with this admin.

    All this pushback is displeasing to the king – it’s not as easy to take our guns and ammo as he thought it would be. hehe

  3. Uriel says:

    I agree. Wonder if all his communications are erased or available??

  4. Uriel says:

    I find it interesting how O’s appointees or hand picked leaders are buckling under pressure and finding themselves burning on the piles of dung as O abandons them after they are no longer useful. I hope even more start dropping like maggots in the wake of his eroding power base. At least then we can see a better, calmer path to trying to address his insanity.

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  6. I.R. Wayright says:

    I heard someone say that “Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms” ought to be the name of a convenience store, not a government agency.

    • Hardnox says:

      LOL, We have those in the South. They are everywhere. It’s another reason why no one ever says they are retiring in the North,