Obama’s Back Door Gun Control Targets the AR-15: ATF Proposed Bullet Ban Has Been Fast Tracked

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“The Obama administration was unable to ban America’s most popular sporting rifle through the legislative process, so now it’s trying to ban commonly owned and used ammunition through regulation.”

Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, has hit the nail on the head.

Following the Sandy Hook shooting, the Obama administration tried to ban several kinds of firearms, including the AR-15.

Now it seems that he may have actually found a way to do it, albeit slowly. He isn’t going to outright ban the gun itself; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) is just going to ban the most commonly sold bullets for the gun instead.

Via Washington Examiner:

At issue is so-called “armor-piercing” ammunition, an exemption for those bullets mostly used for sport by AR-15 owners, and the recent popularity of pistol-style ARs that use the ammo.

The inexpensive 5.56 M885 ammo, commonly called green tips, have been exempt for years, as have higher-caliber ammunition that also easily pierces the type of soft armor worn by police, because it’s mostly used by target shooters, not criminals. The agency proposes to reclassify it as armor-piercing and not exempt. [emphasis added]

The BATFE released a proposal this month which would ban 5.56 mm ammo period. Here’s a snippet:

Applying the sporting purposes framework set forth above, the 5.56 mm projectile that ATF exempted in 1986 does not qualify for an exemption because that projectile when loaded in to SS109 and M855 cartridges may be used in a handgun other than a single shot handgun. Specifically, 5.56 mm projectiles loaded in to the SS109 and M855 cartridges are commonly used in both “AR-type” rifles and “AR-type” handguns. The AR platform is the semi-automatic version of the M16 machine gun originally designed for and used by the military. The AR-based handguns and rifles utilize the same magazines and share identical receivers. These AR-type handguns were not commercially available when the armor piercing ammunition exemption was granted in 1986. To ensure consistency, upon final implementation of the sporting purpose framework outlined above, ATF must withdraw the exemptions for 5.56 mm “green tip” ammunition, including both the SS109 and M855 cartridges.

ATF recognizes that this ammunition is widely available to the public. Because it is legally permissible to possess armor piercing ammunition under current law, withdrawing the exemption will not place individuals in criminal possession of armor piercing ammunition. However, 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.

So you can still legally own it if you already have it… but no one can import it, sell it, or even produce it.

Not only that, but the ban has been put on fast track.

The issue, according to BATFE, is the ability to shoot through the soft body armor worn by most police officers, but even some former officers have noted that the AR-15 isn’t the common gun of choice used by criminals to harm police.

Here’s where it gets into a semantics game, via Forbes:

Now, to be as nitpicky as the law, the M855 ball ammunition the ATF wants to ban as “armor piercing” doesn’t have a core made of the metals listed in what legally makes a bullet “armor piercing.” The M855 actually has a lead core with a steel tip. Also, the M855 is traditionally a rifle cartridge and the ban only covers handgun ammunition. The DOJ argues this doesn’t stop them because the law stipulates they can ban a bullet that “may be used in a handgun.” And, after all, any cartridge may be used in a handgun.

Still, the definition has another condition. According to law, when ammo is made for “sporting purposes” (hunting, recreation shooting and so on) it is exempt from this ban. According to the DOJ the “GCA exempts ammunition that would otherwise be considered armor piercing if the Attorney General determines that the specific ammunition at issue is ‘primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.’” So, according to the DOJ, they simply get to decide on this condition.

The NRA has promised to fight this and has released a statement which reads in part:

As NRA has been reporting since the night the news broke, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) is moving to infringe upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners with a drastic reinterpretation of a nearly 30-year-old law regulating so-called “armor piercing” ammunition. So draconian is BATFE’s new “Framework” that it would prohibit the manufacturing, importation, and sale of M855 ball ammunition, one of the most popular cartridges for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15. Not coincidentally, the AR-15 is among the firearms the Obama Administration has unsuccessfully sought to outlaw. If they can’t ban the pie, so the thinking apparently goes, they might at least get the apples. [emphasis added]

In an effort to thwart BATFE’s attempted action, NRA has worked with U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to draft a letter to BATFE expressing the lawmakers’ opposition to the proposed Framework. To read a copy of the letter, please click this link.

According to the letter, “The idea that Congress intended [the ‘armor piercing’ ammunition law] to ban one of the preeminent rifle cartridges in use by Americans for legitimate purposes is preposterous.” It goes on to state that the law “should be construed in accordance with the American tradition of lawful firearms ownership, as protected by the Second Amendment.”

The proposal has already driven up the price of 5.56 mm ammo as it is. Once it’s banned from sale, that’s it… for civilians.

The government will, of course, still be able to purchase these rounds.

Gun owners can still get the more expensive .223 ammo… until, of course, they find a reason to ban that, too. If the 5.56 is dangerous for officers, won’t they come back next and say the .223 is also dangerous to officers? Under that reasoning, aren’t all bullets dangerous to officers?

See where this is headed?

Well, Eric Holder did lament that his biggest failure was the inability to pass more gun laws after Sandy Hook.

Then again, this is the same man who said we need to brainwash people against guns back in the mid-1990s.

Banning the right to keep and bear arms has been on the federal agenda for years now. It would appear that since the government knows it can’t just outright ban the Second Amendment, they’ll just inch it up incrementally and undermine it into oblivion.

The NRA has put up a webpage for contacting the BATFE, Congress, and the Obama Administration regarding the bullet ban here.

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  • disqus_3BrONUAJno

    Better hurry up those plans to stockpile reloading supplies.

    • Mr Gadget

      The supply has never recovered from the last big assault on our freedom to defend ourselves, family and country.

      • disqus_3BrONUAJno

        All the more reason to get to it. I have a friend who has a container full of smokeless and black powder supplies that exceed what he could use for pleasure shooting, and he keeps it full.

        • Mr Gadget

          Kinda like finding 22, if you aren’t at the right place at the right time you are out of luck….too many stocking up, maybe next year, or maybe next year the UN will be in charge by order of king oBOMBa….in his dreams!

  • People the time has come to fight back now we know the Government
    puts it like this
    “you ether lets us control everything do as we say
    Evan as you know the government are the true Terrorists are fight back and be-called a terrorist ”
    you see we the People are not there my be some who are like the government and do what ever they want who is who is what it all comes down to
    from Age 11 is when i stop trusting the government lets say back in the 70’s some time telling me i did not see what it was i seen
    from that day forth is all i have to say to any of you is

    ┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐ Scumbags

  • M_Avalon

    These next 2 years Obama is going to everything he can to get the GOP to try and impeach. Unfortunately for the country, the GOP is a bunch of feckless pussies at best or complicit at worst.

    Get ready, folks, the time is nigh.

  • 1johnconnor1

    np, just purchase an AR-10 or even an AK along with the 7.62 ammo needed. problem solved. stupid govt. foolish.

  • americuh

    The NRA site makes it easy to contact lawmakers and law breakers. Please use it, as it is as simple as posting a comment on this site. Don’t fear to speak out, they already have your ISP and emails, stockpiling while prudent, does not solve the issue of a tyrannical government.
    There have been times when public pressure has influenced lawmakers (except hardcore libs), help your legislators learn to stand up using their spine and grow a pair.

    • socoloco

      First of all the NRA is full of shit as an organization that doesn’t give a fuck about gun rights or owners. They have done more to bargain with the devil. Another point in the ATF can’t ban shit, they aren’t a legislative body and can’t make laws.

      Eric Holder seems to have a fucking problem selling guns to criminal gangs. How many people have died from his actions? Far more than most responsible gun owners.

      The NRA is a fear mongerer that fans the flames of stupidity to scare the shit out of guns owners to drive membership. I won’t give a penny to that pointless mind fuck of a racket that sells worthless stickers and cards calling it a “membership.”

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  • oldjake

    I oppose this on general principles but I prefer the M193 55 grain fmjbt round. I also think these so called pistols made from AR’s and AK’s are designed by and for idiots. Of course Obungle will look to cause trouble for us regardless. Join the NRA and support the NRA.

    • molon_labe

      I don’t think they’d even be created if it wasn’t a nightmare to get and sbr.

  • molon_labe

    Time to organize and stop this folks. They can’t handle 30,000 cavemen. What makes you think they can handle even 100,000 motivated, intelligent and we’ll trained patriots?

    The time for honoring themselves is at its end.

  • barry soetoro
  • The ammo manufacturers should ignore the ban as it is unlawful. If the feds raid the plants then we need another Bundy ranch. If the manufacturers cave to this then we need to open a plant in Texas or some other constitution respecting state. The only rational response to this unlawful exercise of power by criminals at BATFE is defiance. This ban is unlawful and therefore void.

  • Clydene Cannon

    Ban ARs and automatic hand guns NOW! They are mass killing machines and anyone on this site who can’t see that is dumb and blind. No one need ARs for protection. You are all deluded and you’re just making the NRA rich! As Giraldo says…..They are full of sh*t!