Attorneys general from 24 states signed a letter asking the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives not to ban a popular type of armor-piercing ammunition.

The Monday letter to ATF Director B. Todd Jones asks him to hold off on banning M855 armor-piercing ammunition, as the ATF recently proposed in policy framework.

“We, as much as anyone, want to do the upmost to ensure that our brave men and women that serve in law enforcement are safe,” the letter states. “The proposed ATF ban does not advance that goal.”

The AGs say the ammunition restriction is opposed by many law enforcement organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police.

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