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ATF Ammo Ban Protested by 238 Lawmakers

Mar. 2, 2015

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently announced it is considering a ban on M855 ammunition, which is popular among AR-15 owners for target shooting. The “rationale,” if it can be called that, is the ammo could be considered “armor piercing,” and, with the advent of short AR-15 “pistols,” it will become dangerous to police. Never mind that, fortunately, exactly NO police officers have been killed with this round, and as our law enforcement colleagues remind us, a knife can also pierce standard body armor. In protest, 238 members of the House called out the ATF on its backdoor gun control folly, signing on to a strong letter of objection initiated by Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The letter to ATF’s director, notes that the agency “establishes an unduly restrictive standard, does not comport with the letter or spirit of the law, and will interfere with Second Amendment rights by disrupting the market for ammunition that law abiding Americans use for sporting and other legitimate purposes.” Of course, the Second Amendment has nothing to do with “sporting purposes” and everything to do with prohibiting the government from infringing on “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,” in support and defense of Liberty. But, the plain language of our Constitution is no barrier to Barack Obama’s lawless administration. Spokesman Josh Earnest explained, “I’d put this in the category of common-sense steps our government can take.” Ah, yes, “common sense” – who could oppose that?

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