Texas Law Shield members may want to drop a “thank you” to U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) for playing a pivotal role in working to convince the senior management of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to stop a new regulatory framework that would have banned the manufacturing and sale of 5.56 mm M855 “green tip” ammunition.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, credited Rep. Culberson, who represents Texas’s 7th congressional district in west Houston, for playing a large role in convincing ATF to stop its ban efforts.

Congressman Culberson, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science that oversees ATF funding, summoned senior bureau officials to Capitol Hill to express his serious concerns the proposed ban would have affected Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

As Rep. Culberson told The Hill, “I explained to the ATF that if they continued to interfere with law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights, they were going to have a very bad budget year.”