We all know that Barack Obama hates your Second Amendment rights. He absolutely despises anyone who “clings to their guns or religion” and has made it his mission to disarm as many Americans as possible.
Just last week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein began urging Barack Obama to ban the import of semi-automatic firearms. Well, President Obama has gone even farther. Banning guns is a testy subject. The Supreme Court has stated in its DC vs. Heller ruling that the government needs a pretty good reason to ban any firearm that is “in common use at the time.” The case remained silent, however, on the constitutionality of banning ammunition. Without ammunition, a firearm is worthless… And Obama knows this.
The ATF has just banned the import of one specific caliber of military surplus and commercial ammunition on a damn technicality! More bans are likely to come!
It is now illegal to import Russian surplus 5.45x39 ammunition. Why? Because it has a steel-core and even though it is specifically a rifle caliber, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has unilaterally determined that it could be used in a pistol as well.
Currently, it is illegal to import “armor piercing” ammunition into the United States. The law in question is 18 USC sec. 921(a)(17). In order for ammunition to be classified as armor piercing, it needs to meet at least one of following classifications:
a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium; or
a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile.
Rifle ammunition was deliberately left out of this law because any high-powered hunting rifle could easily cut through body armor. However, all it took was for one gun manufacturer to advertise a pistol in this 5.45x39 caliber and the ATF dropped the hammer. Since the ammunition has a steel-core, it is now being arbitrarily prohibited from importation. This won’t stop crime. It won’t dissuade gangsters from shooting cops. No, this ban is directly targeted at law-abiding American gun owners!
The ammunition in question is Russian surplus used for the increasingly popular AK-74 rifles. These rifles have grown in popularity recently as gun owners sought to find a cheaper way to target shoot. Before the Obama administration banned this ammo, it was, without a doubt, one of the cheapest calibers on the market.
Now, I know what you are saying… Yes, there are commercial alternatives to the cheap and plentiful surplus rounds. Unfortunately, the Obama administration is targeting those ammunition manufacturers as well!
On March 17, 2014, Barack Obama issued Executive Order 13611 targeted at Russia for its invasion of the Crimean Peninsula. The executive order was immediately ridiculed by the Russians because it was clear that it didn’t really do anything to them. Well, that’s because the Executive Order was actually directed at American gun owners!
Obama’s Executive Order targets all persons and entities that work in the “arms or related materiel sector in the Russian Federation.” As long as this Executive Order is in place, the Federal Government can unilaterally ban the importation of all Russian ammunition!
So not only has the Obama administration banned the import of military surplus ammunition, but now it has levied sanctions and import bans against the companies that make the commercial alternatives!
Now again, I know what you’re probably saying: “Who cares if Obama bans foreign ammunition imports? Don’t you care about American industry?”
We get these kinds of responses every time we warn about Obama’s war on guns and ammunition.
I love American industry and make an effort to buy American whenever I can. But in this particular instance, there is not a single American manufacturer that is currently making 5.45x39 ammunition. Not ONE!
There are literally MILLIONS of law-abiding Americans who own these types of rifles, and with the stroke of a pen, Barack Obama has banned or restricted the vast majority of available ammunition!
This is how President Obama has decided to go after YOUR gun rights! He knows that he cannot defeat you up front. He tried that last year and utterly failed. So, he has decided to fight you in the shadows, using his executive orders and Federal bureaucracies to disarm you however possible!
Congress must act! I urge you to Fax Congress and tell them to STOP Barack Obama’s war on ammunition before it is too late! Whether this ban affects you directly or not, the fact that the Obama Administration can prohibit an entire ammunition caliber is unacceptable and a dangerous precedent to set!
Don’t make the mistake and think that King Obama is done trying to take away our Second Amendment rights! He is just starting…