Update: 02/26/15: The ATF is taking public comment on the proposed ban of commonly available steel-core ball ammunition until March 16.
While this ATF initiative doesn’t appear to affect traditional ammunition, the proposed ban has potentially far-reaching implications for shooting, hunting and outdoor enthusiasts. We encourage our customers (Cabela’s) to get informed and express their opinions to the ATF and their elected representatives.
More information is available at the National Shooting Sports Foundation website at: NSSFBLOG
Through the NSSF website you can also take action and contact the ATF and your Congressional representatives.
- ATF email: APAComments@atf.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments
- 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
Goodbye Green Tip!
The Obama administration wants to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 general calibre rifles by eliminating certain types of ammo.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, And Firearms wants to reclassify common SS109/M855 5.56 NATO ammunition as “armor-piercing” and ban it from import, manufacture, or sale.
It was classified “exempt” in the past.
The link to the ATF letter is posted below. It’s titled, ATF FRAMEWORK FOR DETERMINING WHETHER CERTAIN PROJECTILES ARE “PRIMARILY INTENDED FOR SPORTING PURPOSES” WITHIN THE MEANING OF 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(C).
SS109/M855 is one of the two most common loadings for 5.56 NATO chambered AR-15 rifles.
The cartridge was adopted by NATO in the late 1970s to give soldiers better long range performance, and reduce the possibility of fragmentation seen in the prior 55-grain M193 round cartridge that some viewed as “inhuman” and “devastating.”
It is accurate, plentiful and economical to shoot.
The 55-grain FMJ M193 round is the other most common .223 Remington/5.56 NATO cartridge used by civilian shooters, and typically provides better performance across a wider range of practical scenarios.
The SS109/M855 was criticized by U.S. Marines for its failure to completely penetrate enemy combatants and the ATF is now calling it “armor piercing.”
Politicians and bureaucrats who don’t know anything about guns or ammo have defined what “armor piercing” is and it’s resulted in this absurd reclassification.
It will actually have the opposite effect of its stated purpose. People will end up using more dangerous bullets. Read about that at Gun Owners of America
The ATF is responding to the laws written by Congress. The Congress, now controlled by Republicans needs to begin to rewrite these laws.
Gun Owners of America says that a simple one or two-line bill amendment would do on the green tip—to make the existing conditional exemption for SS109/M855 ammunition a permanent one.
It is our opinion here at Bearing Arms that as the explicit and implicit purpose of the Second Amendment is to ensure that the citizenry be armed with weapons and ammunition of contemporary military utility. We hold that a ban on the most common forms of ammunition for the most common contemporary rifles for militia service is a gross and blatant violation of the letter and the spirit of the Second Amendment.
Federal firearms laws need to be reworked, particularly sections of the National Firearms Act of 1934, the Gun Control Act of 1968, and the striking of the Hughes amendment from Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986
This has to be stopped.