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February 27, 2015

ATF Moves To Ban AR-15 Ammo

Believe it or not, this is only one of three jaw-dropping and lawless moves by the Obama Administration this week. Oh, we'll get to the others in a bit.

While the media dry-humping itself over Walker gotchas and inane llama and dress color stories, the ATF is doing this:

As NRA has been reporting since the night the news broke, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) is moving to infringe upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners with a drastic reinterpretation of a nearly 30-year-old law regulating so-called “armor piercing” ammunition. So draconian is BATFE’s new “Framework” that it would prohibit the manufacturing, importation, and sale of M855 ball ammunition, one of the most popular cartridges for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15. Not coincidentally, the AR-15 is among the firearms the Obama Administration has unsuccessfully sought to outlaw. If they can’t ban the pie, so the thinking apparently goes, they might at least get the apples.
They are honest-to-God moving to eliminate all AR-15 ammunition from the market. This was always a fringe lefty pipe-dream of the "just tax ammo at $15 per round" variety, but now it's a reality. Call your Congressman, for real this time.

Also check out Kevin Williamson's rundown on this.

Related: Did I bulk-order a bunch of 5.56 rounds yesterday? I'd prefer not to say.


Great White Scotsman comment:

This is not a true statement. The ATF is not trying to eliminate all AR-15 ammo. They are proposing to eliminate only the old SS109 62 grain steel tip penetrator rounds, which is now the M885, not all FMJ stuff.
Okay, fair. Should have been more clear. *The Administration* is moving to eliminate AR15 ammo. ATF from the non-lead side, followed by what is probably an inevitable EPA lead-ban to follow.

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