Obama Backs Off Illegal Ban on AR-15 Ammo

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M885 (.223) ammo used in AR-15 rifles in NRA photo.

The National Rifle Association is claiming a temporary victory as the Obama administration backs away from a ban on commonly used ammunition for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced that it will suspend its plan to ban the M885 (.223) round, something the NRA claims was a end run around Congress to impose control by administrative action.

“Today’s [March 10] announcement proves what we have said all along—this was 100 percent political. President Obama failed to pass gun control through Congress, so he tried to impose his political agenda through executive fiat. But every gun owner in America needs to understand Barack Obama’s hatred of the Second Amendment has not changed,” said Wayne La Pierre, NRA’s executive vice president.

Chris Cox, executive director of NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) criticized the dishonest campaign to ban this common ammunition: “The lies used to justify the ban were shameful. This proposal was never about law enforcement safety—it was about the Obama administration’s desire to pander to billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his gun control groups.  Since they haven’t been able to ban America’s most popular rifle, they are trying to ban the ammunition instead.”

Since the BATFE announced its plan to ban commonly used ammunition less than a month ago, the NRA rallied its five million members and tens of millions of supporters across the country in strong opposition.  In addition, the NRA worked with congressional leaders in both the U.S. House and Senate to oppose this misguided proposal.

“The NRA would like to thank House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson for leading the fight against this unconstitutional attack on our Second Amendment freedoms,” continued Cox.  “This was a significant victory for our five million members and tens of millions of supporters across the country.

“Make no mistake, this fight is not over. We will remain vigilant and continue to fight against President Obama’s attempt to dismantle the Second Amendment,” concluded LaPierre.

President Obama failed to pass gun control through Congress, so he tried to impose his political agenda through executive fiat. But every gun owner in America needs to understand Barack Obama’s hatred of the Second Amendment has not changed.”

—Chris Cox, NRA

 

The administration has argued that the M885 is a danger to law enforcement, but the NRA points out that “in the 38 years the FBI has been keeping track of data on firearms used against law enforcement officers, there never been an instance of a law enforcement officer having been killed with the use of a .223/5.56 caliber handgun. Of course, it follows that there is no documented instance of an officer having been killed when an M855 round fired from a handgun penetrated the officer’s body armor.”

The Executive Director of the Fraternal Order of Police’s National Legislative Office, James Pasco, was quoted by the Washington Examiner as stating: “Any ammunition is of concern to police in the wrong hands, but this specific round has historically not posed a law enforcement problem.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told WND.com:

“I’m disgusted that this administration would use the safety and well-being of our nation’s law enforcement officers to accomplish their gun-control agenda by circumventing the Congress and circumventing the Constitution in rewriting this law… That’s all this is. They don’t fool me. No fraternal order of police, no sheriff is going to fall for this.”

Police officer Brent Ball, a 17-year veteran of the force, told the News-Leader in Springfield, Mo., an AR-15 handgun would — contrary to the White House’s claims — be difficult for a criminal to conceal because of its size. “As a police officer, I’m not worried about AR pistols because you can see them,” he said. “It’s the small gun in a guy’s hand you can’t see that kills you.” Small guns do not fire the M855 cartridge.

To view the congressional letters to BATFE onjecting to the ban, along with the member signatures, click here and here.