As we all heard in February, Obama’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) under B. Todd Jones has decided to put forth a notice that they are intending on banning the M855 AR-15 rounds known as “green tips.” The move is completely unconstitutional as the states gave no authority to infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. This would include the ammunition used by any of those arms.
Of course, the reason for a move to ban ammunition is because the administration and gun grabbers in both the House and Senate wanted to usurp the Second Amendment, seize authority they do not have, and attack gun ownership via ammunition. After all, if you don’t have ammunition, what good is a gun, right?
Gun Owners of America spokesman Erich Pratt told The Blaze, “In 2013, the administration lobbied hard to get Congress to ban AR-15s and other similar semi-automatic rifles. But even in a Democrat-controlled Senate, anti-gunners could only muster 40 votes, a clear minority. So the proposed ATF ban on M855 ammo is simply an attempt by the Obama administration to make an end-run around the Congress. After all, if it can ban a common cartridge that is used for the AR-15 rifle, then it can substantially drive up the cost of using the firearm.”
As a result of their efforts, they have asked Americans to let them know what they think of the policy, as if we gave them authority to make that kind of decision in the first place. They want Americans to beg them not to ban ammunition. See? Do you think they will listen to the people if they won’t listen to the Constitution? Really?
The ATF’s proposal states:
“The firearm industry has developed commercially available handguns designed to use conventional rifle ammunition. 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.”
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, along with the National Rifle Association wrote a letter to ATF head B. Todd Johnson telling him that the regulation the 5.56 rounds “does not comport with the letter or spirit of the law, and will interfere with Second Amendment rights.”