Friday, March 13, 2015

Dems Push ATF To Revive M855 Bullet Ban and More

Domestic enemies. It's always the Democrats.
Congressional Democrats are pressuring the Obama administration to move ahead  “swiftly” with a proposal that would ban a form of armor-piercing ammunition.

In a draft letter first obtained by The Hill, Democrats are urging the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to use his “existing authority” to keep “dangerous ammunition out of our communities.”

“We hope that the Bureau will swiftly review comments on the proposed framework and issue a revised proposal that will address the danger posed by handguns that fire 5.56mm and other rifle ammunition,” Democrats write in the letter.

The ATF had sought to prohibit gun companies from manufacturing or selling 5.56 mm projectiles for M855 cartridges, arguing they are a threat to law enforcement officers because they can be used in handguns.

But the proposal generated a firestorm of opposition from Republicans and gun groups, who denounced it as an attack on the Second Amendment that could open the door to sweeping restrictions on ammunition.

With the backlash growing, the ATF backed down earlier this week, shelving the proposal indefinitely to allow time for “further study.”

House Democrats in their letter say they are “very disappointed” that the ATF delayed the rule. The proposal, they say, is true to the spirit of the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act, which Congress passed in 1986 to ensure that officers do “not face extreme safety risk from firearm technology.”

(read the rest here)
Is this the 'line' in the sand?

How many would do nothing if they really did effectively ban M855?

How many would do nothing if they banned ALL 5.56 ammo like ATF Director B. Todd Jones suggested in a in a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing...for officer safetyness. The fact that zero, none, zilch, nada, zip, nary a one, officer has been killed with this round doesn't matter to him and his cronies. They have an agenda and they are going to see it through one way or another. 

It's interesting that they didn't go after 7.62x51 ammo or similar, which is far more effective at penetrating armor than the 5.56x45 round.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

M855 Already Banned in New ATF Regulation Guide - ATF Back-pedals

Forgive me for being a bit behind in my postings. Lots going on.

So I'm sure you've already heard that the ATF already published their online 2014 Regulation Guide and that the M855 round no longer has the exemption from being considered 'armor piercing' included.

When called out on this discovery, the ATF published a response to clarify (back-pedal?) the issue as a 'publishing error' on their part:
Please be advised that ATF has not rescinded any Armor Piercing Ammunition exemption, and the fact they are not listed in the 20 14 online edition of the regulations, was an error, which has no legal impact on the validity of the exemptions. The existing exemptions for armor piercing ammunition, which apply to 5.56 mm (.223) SS 109 and M855 projectiles (identified by a green coating on the projectile tip), and the U.S .30-06 M2AP projectile (identified by a black coating on the projectile tip), remain in effect.

The listing of Armor Piercing Ammunition exemptions can be found in the 2005 ATF Regulation Guide on page 166, which is posted here. The 2014 Regulation Guide will be corrected in PDF format to include the listing of Armor Piercing Ammunition exemptions and posted shortly. The e-book/iBook version of the Regulation Guide will be corrected in the near future. ATF apologizes for any confusion caused by this publishing error.
There are only 2 possible causes of this:

1) It was an actual error
2) It was intentional because they already planned on outlawing the M855.

You can send your thoughts to ATF about the proposal until March 16, 2015 using the channels below:
  • Fax: (202) 648-9741
  • Mail: 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
What's next? A ban on 7.62x51?

Resist anyway you can.