Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Applauds Victory Against Ammunition Ban

March 11, 2015
Press Release

Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today issued the following statement of strong support after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced plans to suspend its proposal to ban the M855 "green tip" ammunition, used in the AR-15 rifle - the most popular rifle in America:

"Liberals in Washington were unsuccessful in restricting our gun rights through a ban on firearms, so instead they attempted a backdoor approach by going after the ammunition via an executive order. That's why 238 of my House colleagues and I sent a letter to ATF urging them to stop this overreach. Our efforts were complimented by 53 of our Senate colleagues who sent a similar letter. According to media reports, the public outcry was immediate with ATF receiving more than 80,000 public comments with a majority of them strongly criticizing the proposal.

"I will continue to protect our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. I'm glad ATF heard the public outcry and will continue to monitor any effort by government to violate our constitutional rights."