BATF to Ban 5.56/.223 Ammo

This very well can speak to velocity, so anything with enough velocity to defeat soft body armor can be at risk if this is allowed to move forward. It has a lot of bearing when it comes to precision rifle shooters, so please do your part to defeat this.

Cause and Effect

With the popularity of AR Type Pistols, the ATF is looking to capitalize on it in order to ban popular 223/5.56 Ammo as being "Armor Piercing." They are using the excuse that AR Pistols shooting the most popular ammo, which is used by all, will become a threat to Law Enforcement. Forget the fact that rifles are used in very few crimes, the scare factor is enough to allow them to move forward with this proposed ban.

AR-15 are the most popular Sporting Rifle in the US. This proposes a big problem for a group that wants to ban these types of firearms. So instead, they will deem the most popular ammo for the Evil AR-15 a threat to the community and law enforcement.

It's a Matter of Velocity and this should Scare Law Abiding Gun Owners

Velocity is the deciding factor, it's why as a former Sniper and Precision Rifle Shooter I jokingly say, "My pistol is only there to make noise until I get back to my rifle". Speed kills, we get that, so what this does is open the door to anything moving faster than 1500fps being billed as a threat. We know an AR Pistol has a huge speed reduction, but if you take the velocity values of a full blown AR15 rifle and project it onto that pistol you can make the argument it's a devastating combination. But the reality does not quite line up to the facts on the ground.

The other misconception is about soft body armor vs hard plates. Body armor is rated by cartridge, and in 99% of the cases out there, Police Officers are using soft body armor. It's only the SWAT guys who are gonna use hard plates. So, while hard plates can be purchased to protect from rifle velocities, soft plates can be penetrated by fast moving pistol cartridges, even a .22 depending on the model. By stretching the truth and leaving out the facts, you can make the argument a threat exists. Take one scenario and apply it to another, which outlines their argument.

Don't give into the Price Gougers,

So, we know there are those who will want to take advantage of this notice. (Talking to CTD) We remember what happen with the magazine ban threat, $20 P-Mags became $100 P-Mags with people out there looking to play on your fears. Don't feed that, resist the call to take advantage of the threat. Why pay 4x more than something is worth is my question, if you feel so strongly that you might loose something, learn to reload.

From the NRA

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.

It isn’t even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control. First, it was a major change to what activities constitute regulated “manufacturing” of firearms. Next, BATFE reversed a less than year old position on firing a shouldered “pistol.” Now, BATFE has released a “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, which would eliminate M855’s exemption to the armor piercing ammunition prohibition and make future exemptions nearly impossible.

By way of background, federal law imposed in 1986 prohibits the manufacture, importation, and sale by licensed manufacturers or importers, but not possession, of “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.” Because there are handguns capable of firing M855, it “may be used in a handgun.” It does not, however, have a core made of the metals listed in the law; rather, it has a traditional lead core with a steel tip, and therefore should never have been considered “armor piercing.” Nonetheless, BATFE previously declared M855 to be “armor piercing ammunition,” but granted it an exemption as a projectile “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.”

Now, however, BATFE says that it will henceforth grant the “sporting purposes” exception to only two categories of projectiles:

Category I: .22 Caliber Projectiles

A .22 caliber projectile that otherwise would be classified as armor piercing ammunition under 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(B) will be considered to be “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes” under section 921(a)(17)(C) if the projectile weighs 40 grains or less AND is loaded into a rimfire cartridge.

Category II: All Other Caliber Projectiles

Except as provided in Category I (.22 caliber rimfire), projectiles that otherwise would be classified as armor piercing ammunition will be presumed to be “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes” under section 921(a)(17)(C) if the projectile is loaded into a cartridge for which the only handgun that is readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade is a single shot handgun. ATF nevertheless retains the discretion to deny any application for a “sporting purposes” exemption if substantial evidence exists that the ammunition is not primarily intended for such purposes.

BATFE is accepting comments until March 16, 2015 on this indefensible attempt to disrupt ammunition for the most popular rifle in America. Check back early next week for a more in-depth analysis of this “framework” and details on how you can submit comments.

How to comment – from the BATFE

ATF will carefully consider all comments, as appropriate, received on or before March 16, 2015, and will give comments received after that date the same consideration if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given except as to comments received on or before March 16, 2015. ATF will not acknowledge receipt of comments. Submit comments in any of three ways (but do not submit the same comments multiple times or by more than one method):

ATF email:

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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Denise Brown, Enforcement Programs and Services, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, U.S. Department of Justice, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226; telephone: (202) 648–7070.

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