With less than two years remaining in office, Barack Obama is acting like a “dictator in chief” using his executive powers to create all kinds of problems, asserted Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, in a Monday interview with WND (formerly World Net Daily).
Gottlieb, who also founded the Second Amendment Foundation and serves as its executive vice president, was reacting to an announcement by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that it wants to reclassify certain ammunition for the .223-caliber modern sporting rifle. That proposed rule change came last Friday and it has ignited a firestorm in the firearms community.
This isn’t the first time Gottlieb has attacked the Obama imperial presidency. In December, when Gottlieb launched a campaign to head off a possible executive order to implement the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the Bellevue-based gun rights advocate observed, “Nobody elected Barack Obama as emperor, but his actions lately suggests he believes otherwise. If he has forgotten there are three branches of government, we intend to refresh his memory.”
It came as part of an announcement by Gottlieb that SAF would sue Obama over such an executive order. At the time, he said SAF would “not allow the Obama administration to attack our constitutional rights without a fight.”
The proposed change of rules regarding the importation and sale of .223 ammunition, dubbed M855 “green tip” rounds, comes because the ATF now views this ammunition to be “armor piercing.” Therefore, it does not meet the “sporting purposes” criteria that has been the acid test for decades.
But Second Amendment activists writing on various firearms forums are once again wondering where the term “sporting purposes” appears in the Second Amendment, or anywhere else in the Bill of Rights. Where did this come from?
The ammunition in question has been used for years by sport and recreational shooters. It has a steel core and it is typically less expensive than other factory ammunition.
Because the cartridge can also be used in some handguns built on the AR-15 platform, the ATF now considers the stuff to be handgun ammunition and the bullets capable of penetrating soft body armor used by police. Here’s a news flash: Virtually all centerfire rifle ammunition is capable of putting a bullet through soft body armor unless it is reinforced with a metal or ceramic “trauma plate.” It’s largely a matter of bullet design, energy and velocity.
At this point, one might ask what the ATF might do about other rifle cartridges for which certain handguns are chambered, such as the renowned Thompson/Center Contender and Encore single-shot pistols. Maybe the venerable .30-30 Winchester, a cartridge dating back more than a century, is also in trouble.
This latest development presents yet another dilemma for Obama defenders who have oft claimed that the Illinois Democrat is not anti-gun. The president has gotten into the habit of making end runs around Congress.
Yesterday, a federal judge in Brownsville, Texas blocked the president’s executive order on immigration, which could give more than half of the states a chance to push a lawsuit against the orders. It comes as no surprise that Washington, Oregon and California are not parties to that lawsuit.
A segment of the Obama plan – to protect illegal aliens if they came here as children – was scheduled to take effect tomorrow. That’s now on hold, as apparently is another tenet of the Obama scheme, to protect parents of U.S. citizens, the so-called “anchor babies” born here from parents who are not citizens.
Nobody has yet hinted at a lawsuit to stall or derail the proposed ammunition rule change, but the announcement ignited a weekend ammunition buying spree. There’s a 30-day comment period through March 16. Comments may be sent via e-mail to APAComments@atf.gov, or mailed to Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments. There is also a fax number: (202) 648-9741.
Dan discussed the proposal here.
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