ATF Seeks to Suppress AR-15’s by Banning Common AR-15 Ammo
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ACTION: Urge your Senators to “defund” the ban on AR-15 ammunition, and urge them to put a “hold” on the nomination of Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch until the ATF backs down from its unlawful gun ban.
Obama/Holder Exact Revenge on Gun Owners
In the winter of 2012-13, Barack Obama went to war against the AR-15. Every liberal establishment ally in the country was mobilized to ban the rifle and destroy what they dismissively called “the gun manufacturers’ lobby.”
In the end, fewer than 40 senators (in a Democrat-controlled Senate) voted to ban semi-automatics.
So what do you do when even a Democrat-controlled Senate will not support your lunatic agenda? What do you do when your agenda runs contrary to the law and the Constitution?
You just ignore your opposition and go on the offensive, which is exactly what the Obama Administration did within the past week.
ATF Violates the Law in Proposing New Ammo Ban
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is proposing to illegally suppress the AR-15 by banning M855 ammunition for that rifle as “armor piercing ammunition” under a 1986 statute banning certain types of ammunition — a statute which amended the Gun Control Act of 1968.
GOA’s Legislative Counsel fought this law as a staffer in the U.S. Senate, arguing that it was a “camel’s nose under the tent.” Sadly, a “compromise” which was struck by some short-sighted pro-gunners in 1986, and the bill was allowed to pass.
Thus, the ammo ban applies to:
(1) Ammunition constructed entirely of “tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium, copper, or depleted uranium” or,
(2) Certain “full jacketed projectile[s] larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun…” [18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(B)]
Obviously, SS109 and M855 ammunition — with a traditional lead core and a steel tip — is neither. Rather, this is an illegal attempt to ban or limit AR-15’s by banning types of AR-15 ammunition.
Moreover, any particular ammunition can be, and has been, exempted if it has a sporting purpose. Well, according to surveys, the AR-15 is used for target shooting or hunting over 50% of the time — thereby, making its ammunition easily fit within the “sporting purpose” test, no matter what the composition of the ammunition.
The AR-15 is one of the most popular guns in America. But even if you don’t own one — hence, you may be thinking you don’t have a “dog in this fight” — realize that this ban DOES AFFECT YOU.
If the ATF can get away with illegally banning a popular ammo round (because it can penetrate body armor), how long do you think it will be before it’s banning other popular hunting rounds — which, by the way, can also penetrate body armor!
The ATF is accepting comments on this proposal until March 16.
GOA is working on submitting its own comments, and we certainly don’t discourage others from submitting theirs as well.
Most importantly, however, GOA will be working with Senators to “defund” or overturn this ammunition ban.
ACTION: Urge your Senators to support the following measures:
(1) Ask that the nomination of Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch (dubbed “Eric Holder in a skirt”) be put on hold until the ATF backs down from its unlawful gun ban; and,
(2) Urge Senators to support an amendment to the DHS appropriations bill which would forbid the ATF from going forward with its lawless proposal.
Once categorized as “armor piercing,” sales of the M855 rounds can be restricted or banned altogether under language in the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), which describes marketable ammunition as that which is “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.”
The ammunition guidelines set forth in the GCA are intended for handguns, but are also being applied to ammunition used in AR-15 rifles because AR-15 pistols fire the same ammunition.
On Friday, the NRA-ILA responded to ATF’s pending ammunition ban, describing it as “a move clearly intended by the Obama administration to repress the acquisition, ownership, and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles.” The NRA-ILA made it clear that this is but a “continuation of Obama’s use of his…