ATF Director Jones Announces Resignation In Wake of 5.56 ‘Green Tip’ Ammo Fiasco

B. Todd Jones
B. Todd Jones
National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Shooting Sports Foundation

NEWTOWN, Conn –-( Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Director B. Todd Jones announced last Friday that he is resigning.

Deputy Director Thomas E. Brandon will serve as acting director after Jones departs.

National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) was aware that Jones was planning to step down, his decision likely accelerated by the overwhelmingly negative public and Congressional response to the bureau’s now-withdrawn proposal to adopt a regulatory framework that would have banned 5.56mm M855 “green tip” ammunition.

Jones was nominated by President Obama in January 2013 and confirmed in August of that year, the first ATF director in history to receive Senate confirmation. He had been acting director since August 2011 while also serving as U. S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Brandon was appointed deputy director of ATF in 2011 and has more than 26 years of experience with the bureau, serving as special agent in charge of the Phoenix and Detroit field divisions.

See Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement. For perspective on the 5.56 ammunition issue read NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Larry Keane’s latest blog post.

 5.56 Green Tip Ammo
5.56 Green Tip Ammo

About NSSF  The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to

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It is too bad that hardly anybody said “boo” when the ATF came out with a letter saying that shouldering a pistol “re-designs” it into a short barreled rifle, effectively passing their own law which makes the shooter a felon. Or when the banned the 7N6 ammo for the same reason given for the proposed M855 ban.

Bob Shell

Have no fear Obama will find another anti-gun Nazi to take his place.


“Those who would not remember history are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana


Probably ordered to resign earlier by Obama though his people than his plans to leave the office a bit later as announced. He was probably given the choice of out now or fired now for his screwing this particular Second Amendment attack up. Have any of you noticed the incredible parallels between what the Pres. and his people have been doing and the stuff that Hitler and his crew did in the 1930s? Check it out, they are almost 100 percent what the Nazis did. from control of guns to control of the economy, control communications, the media, health and… Read more »