In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress.There are provisions in federal law for banning armor-piercing handgun ammo, but that definition includes:
“a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely . . . from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium.”M855 does not have that sort of core. BATFE is pursuing this to make ammo scarce for AR-15 rifles. It appears that for all the antigunners claim that the insurrectonary model of the Second Amendment is out of date and impractical, Obama obviously thinks otherwise. Or he is doing it just to mess with us. BATFE is accepting wriiten comment by letter and email until March 16.