Over the last week, hundreds of thousands of Americans have let their voices be heard, demanding that Congress STOP the Obama administration from banning your ammunition.
You see, a little more than a week ago, Barack Obama’s ATF announced that it was radically re-interpreting a 30-year old law in order to ban some of the most popular ammunition in the country!
The ammunition is known as M855. I’m not going to bore you with the specifics, but it is designed for the AR-15 and utilizes the SS109 bullet, which contains a steel rod/cone inside of it. This is the same ammunition that NATO forces use in their M-16/M4 rifles, meaning that surplus ammunition makes its way to the U.S. civilian market at pretty reasonable prices.
The law says that any ammunition designed for a handgun with a steel CORE cannot be sold to civilians in the United States. The purpose is to protect police from ammunition that can pierce a bulletproof vest.
You see, in 1986, Congress passed a law banning armor piercing pistol ammunition. In order to be classified as an “armor-piercing bullet,” a pistol round would have to meet one of these criteria.
1) 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
2) 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% of the total weight of the projectile.
The popular M855 AR-15 ammunition doesn’t meet either of these criteria. It wasn't designed for use in a handgun and it is not steel core ammunition. But Obama’s ATF is literally rewriting gun control laws to ban it anyway!
The ATF claims that the law doesn’t matter. They claim that it was intended to ban bullets with the capacity to pierce a bulletproof vest. The only problem is that M855 ammunition is able to do this more because of its velocity than the composition of its bullet.
But if being able to pierce a bullet proof vets is the only “criteria” the ATF needs to ban a type of ammunition, then that would put every type of center-fire hunting ammunition on the chopping block.
Obama’s ATF believes that it should be banned because it doesn’t have a “sporting purpose.” This is the phrase that gun grabbers use to disarm the populace. Since you can’t hunt with this ammunition in many states, Obama’s ATF believes you shouldn’t be allowed to own it.
The Second Amendment has NOTHING to do with target shooting, collecting, or hunting. The only type of hunting that falls under the Second Amendment is the hunting of TYRANTS!
Obama’s EPA is trying to ban lead ammunition and the ATF is trying to ban ammunition with practically any other type of metal in the bullet. If both of these agencies succeed then the Second Amendment is DEAD!
Luckily, Members of Congress have heard our plight. Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is gearing up to make a stand. Goodlatte has called the proposed rule change “preposterous.”
But he needs your help. The ATF is going to make its final decision in a matter of days. Once that happens, it’ll be hard to turn back the clock. We need as many American patriots as possible to rise up and force the rest of Congress to support his measure.
If this ammunition is banned, not only will it make .223/5.56 ammunition scarcer but it will also raise prices.