A proposal by the Obama administration to ban one of the most common bullets used in the popular AR-15 rifle has some GOP lawmakers up in arms. On Saturday, Fox News reported that over 100 members of Congress fired off a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, excoriating the proposal to to ban .223 M855 “green tip” ammunition.
The ban, they said, “will interfere with Second Amendment rights by disrupting the market for ammunition that law abiding Americans use for sporting and other legitimate purposes.” Moreover, they told ATF director Todd Jones, the ban “will interfere with Second Amendment rights by disrupting the market for ammunition that law abiding Americans use for sporting and other legitimate purposes.”
Ironically, Fox said, the bullets were approved by the ATF in 1986. But the agency is concerned the bullets can now be fired by handguns, putting police offers at further risk due to their ability to penetrate body armor.
But, lawmakers say, the ATF has not provided any evidence of the alleged danger presented by the bullets. “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 letter said.
And, Fox added, many police organizations do not support the ban. “The notion that all of a sudden a new pistol requires banning what had long been perfectly legal ammunition doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense to many officers,” said William Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations.
But for many, the proposal is nothing more than a backdoor gun ban being proposed by an administration hostile to the Constitution and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. In an editorial posted Friday at Fox News, Eric Bolling called the proposed ammo ban a “sneaky way to ban the gun.”
“We have the Second Amendment to insure the first,” he said. “If the president is able to take over our Second Amendment — the way he took over the free market, health care, immigration and the Internet, we will be administering the last rights to our first rights: free speech, religion and liberty.”
The ATF has invited comments on the proposed ban, Jeff Knox said at WND, but, he added, they are not interested in hearing whether or not the ban should be implemented. Instead, they want to know how best to implement it “with the least disruption to manufacturers and importers.” Knox suggested readers contact the ATF by email at APAComments@atf.gov.
“In your comments,” he said, “point out that M855/SS109 does not have a core made entirely of steel, and that it does not penetrate police-style body armor any better than other common 5.56 ammunition. Tell them that removing M855/SS109 from the market will cause great disruption to the hundreds of thousands of people who buy and shoot millions of rounds of this ammunition every year, and that this massive consumption of this ammunition – with extremely rare use in any criminal activity – clearly demonstrates that it is primarily used for sporting purposes. The proposed ban on manufacture, importation and distribution of this ammunition serves no legal or officer safety function and should be tabled permanently.” According to Knox, the window for comments closes on March 16.