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Administration Bites Bullet over Ammo Ban

March 10, 2015

You may remember last year the Obama Administration tried to ban the AR-15 rifle.  After failing to do so, the Administration now wants to ban the ammunition it uses, which is nothing more than a backdoor attempt to ban the rifle. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) recently moved to ban 5.556 mm M855 “green tip” ammunition as “armor-piercing.”  The ATF has banned this common round, often used in the popular AR-15, without seeking input from the American people and with a blatant disregard for the protections put in place by the Second Amendment. 

What the ATF fails to recognize in implementing its framework is that nowhere in the process was Congress or the American people consulted.  People were rightfully outraged when they heard of this, and the ATF has since opened up a shortened 30-day comment period, ending on March 16.  Further, the ATF already published its 2014 Regulations Guide, which implemented the ban.  After some diligent reporting, the ATF now claims it was published “erroneously;” but it is plain to see that it had planned to implement this ban well ahead of any comment period, which is for show purposes only. 

In response to this outrageous news, I signed onto a letter to Director Jones of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) expressing my serious concerns with this backdoor ban on bullets. Additionally, I cosponsor the Protecting Second Amendment Rights Act, which would prohibit the ATF or any other federal agency from issuing or enforcing any new restriction or prohibition on the manufacture, importation or sale of ammunition in the United States.

This ban is nothing more than the Administration’s latest unilateral power grab.  This ban would strip law-abiding hunters and sportsmen of their ability to buy the most common and economical ammunition for one of the most popular rifles on the market, and it should not stand.