The National Rifle Association and other Second Amendment advocates are speaking out against the government’s move to amend laws regarding certain ammunition, which could, in effect, ban “one of the most popular cartridges for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15.”
The issue lies with so-called “armor-piercing” ammunition and handguns. There is an exception for such ammunition if it is “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is proposing a new framework for those requesting that their projectile qualify as one designed for “sporting purposes.”
M855 ball ammunition, which is the focus of the new regulation, could then fall into this category, according to the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.
“The firearm industry has developed commercially available handguns designed to use conventional rifle ammunition,” ATF wrote in its proposal. “This ammunition meets the content requirement of the definition, but previously was not classified as ‘armor piercing’ under the statute because there were no handguns that could ‘use’ it. As a result of the availability of these handguns, however, some conventional rifle ammunition now falls within the statutory definition and is properly classified as ‘armor piercing ammunition,’ despite the fact that the ammunition itself has not changed. Consequently, ammunition manufacturers have requested exemptions for this ammunition.”
The NRA and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, drafted a letter, which it hopes other Americans will sign onto and send to ATF Director B. Todd Jones to encourage ATF to reverse its proposal.
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