Obama has made yet another move against guns by doing something that is angering gun lovers everywhere.
The president has issued a ban on certain types of ammo, which could ban “one of the most popular cartridges for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15.” Obama has taken issue with “armor-piercing” ammunition and handguns. Until now, an exception for this ammo has been made if those who have requested it are using it for “sporting purposes.”
The focus of new regulations from The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is the M855 ball, a type of ammo that the NRA says could fall into the “sporting purposes” category.
The ATF said in a statement:
“The firearm industry has developed commercially available handguns designed to use conventional rifle ammunition. This ammunition meets the content requirement of the definition, but previously was not classified as ‘armor piercing’ under the statute because there were no handguns that could ‘use’ it. As a result of the availability of these handguns, however, some conventional rifle ammunition now falls within the statutory definition and is properly classified as ‘armor piercing ammunition,’ despite the fact that the ammunition itself has not changed. Consequently, ammunition manufacturers have requested exemptions for this ammunition.”
In retaliation, the NRA and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, have drafted a letter to the ATF that they hope other Americans will sign onto:
“The ‘Framework,’ however, establishes an unduly restrictive standard, does not comport with the letter or spirit of the law, and will interfere with Second Amendment rights by disrupting the market for ammunition that law abiding Americans use for sporting and other legitimate purposes.”
“ATF has now rescinded that exemption because repeating handguns that fire the M855 round are commercially available. Yet this round is amongst the most commonly used in the most popular rifle design in America, the AR-15. Millions upon millions of M855 rounds have been sold and used in the U.S., yet ATF has not even alleged – much less offered evidence – that even one such round has ever been fired from a handgun at a police officer. The idea that Congress intended LEOPA to ban one of the preeminent rifle cartridges in use by Americans for legitimate purposes is preposterous.”
Since the ATF’s decision was first announced, sales of the M855 round ammo have spiked as gun owners try to get it while they can.
“We sold out of what we had in stock,” said Missouri gunshot owner Ryan Cook. “We didn’t have a lot in the store but I might have sold four or five cases after ATF’s statement came out. I called our suppliers but they said there was none available to order. It’s like the ammo shortage before. People are going to panic.”
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