Obama to ban bullets via executive action; lawmakers, NRA scurry to stop it

President Obama has been trying without success since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, to ban certain types of weapons — especially those liberals erroneously describe as assault rifles such as the AR-15.

The “AR” designation actually stands for “ArmaLite Rifle,” not assault rifle.

Rather than outlaw the AR-15, Obama proposes to ban its ammunition through a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives directive, which the agency is now fast-tracking.

But GOP lawmakers and the country’s oldest gun advocacy group are fighting back. The Washington Examiner reported:

Wednesday night, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, stepped in with a critical letter to the bureau demanding it explain the surprise and abrupt bullet ban. The letter is shown below.

The National Rifle Association, which is working with Goodlatte to gather co-signers, told Secrets that 30 House members have already co-signed the letter and Goodlatte and the NRA are hoping to get a total of 100 fast.

“The Obama administration was unable to ban America’s most popular sporting rifle through the legislative process, so now it’s trying to ban commonly owned and used ammunition through regulation,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “The NRA and our tens of millions of supporters across the country will fight to stop President Obama’s latest attack on our Second Amendment freedoms.”

At issue is the so-called “armor piercing ammunition” exemption. The Examiner reported:

The inexpensive 5.56 M885 ammo, commonly called green tips, have been exempt for years, as have higher caliber ammunition that also easily pierces the type of soft armor worn by police, because it’s mostly used by target shooters, not criminals.

But now BATFE says that since the bullets can be used in semi-automatic handguns they pose a threat to police and must be banned from production, sale and use. But, as Goodlatte noted, [the agency] offered no proof. Federal agencies will still be allowed to buy the ammo.

“This round is amongst the most commonly used in the most popular rifle design in America, the AR-15. Millions upon millions of M855 rounds have been sold and used in the U.S., yet ATF has not even alleged — much less offered evidence — that even one such round has ever been fired from a handgun at a police officer,” Goodlatte’s letter said.

Even though the ban is only at the proposal stage, it’s already having an effect — AR-15 “green tip” ammo is getting scarce and expensive.

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