In New Orleans, Nathan Deal works on selling his school rescue plan

Almost as soon as Gov. Nathan Deal's hand-picked delegation arrived in Louisiana, the selling of his school rescue plan began. The governor led a delegation of nine lawmakers, plus Superintendent Richard Woods, to a gathering at Galatoire’s to hear from a gaggle of Louisiana politicians and education leaders about the state's Recovery School District program.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration has proposed banning the manufacture and sale of one of the most popular bullets used in AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, a move that has enraged gun rights advocates and caused a run on the ammunition at gun shops.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said this month it planned to restrict the armor-piercing 5.56 mm “M855 green tip” rifle bullet because of new handguns that use the ammunition and pose a greater threat to police. Previously the millions of inexpensive green-tip bullets sold each year were only for rifles typically used by target shooters and hunters.

“With few exceptions, manufacturers will be unable to produce such armor-piercing ammunition, importers will be unable to import such ammunition, and manufacturers and importers will be prohibited from selling or distributing the ammunition,” the ATF said in its proposed rule.

All 10 of Georgia's U.S. House Republicans signed a letter to ATF director Todd Jones urging a different course:

Congress included the commonsense “sporting purposes” exemption in the 1986 Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act, which served the dual purposes of targeting handgun ammunition intended to pierce body armor and protecting law-abiding citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. This exemption has served our nation well for nearly 30 years.

Under the guise of interpreting a provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968, the BAFTE framework all but interprets the “sporting purposes” exemption out of law. The framework cannot reasonably be considered a clarification of the “sporting purposes” exemption when it essentially undercuts the entire purpose of the exemption. To us, the framework appears to be nothing but a brazen attempt to bypass Congress and the American people to enact President Obama’s gun control agenda.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.