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The Fight is ON to Stop Obama’s Ban on AR 15 M855 Ammunition

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Obama was unable to ban America’s most popular sporting rifle through the legislative process, so now he’s trying to ban commonly owned and used ammunition through regulation.

President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56 mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.

AR-15-style rifles, also known as modern sporting rifles, are the best-selling rifles in the United States, with well over five million in circulation. One of the most common cartridges used by AR-15 shooters is the M855, a 5.56 NATO caliber 62-grain lead-core bullet with a mild steel insert. This ball ammunition is being phased out of military service due to its poor stopping power, but is very popular as an inexpensive and accurate surplus round for citizens primarily interested in marksmanship training, shooting at paper or reactive targets.

Last 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.
At issue is so-called “armor-piercing” ammunition, an exemption for those bullets mostly used for sport by AR-15 owners, and the recent popularity of pistol-style ARs that use the ammo.

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is announcing that they will be working with Congress to craft legislation to block the ATF’s attempt to unilaterally and unlawfully ban the cartridge.

Here is the text of the NRA-ILA’s release, in full.

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.

In an effort to thwart BATFE’s attempted action, NRA has worked with U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to draft a letter to BATFE expressing the lawmakers’ opposition to the proposed Framework. To read a copy of the letter, please click this link.

According to the letter, “The idea that Congress intended [the ‘armor piercing’ ammunition law] to ban one of the preeminent rifle cartridges in use by Americans for legitimate purposes is preposterous.” It goes on to state that the law “should be construed in accordance with the American tradition of lawful firearms ownership, as protected by the Second Amendment.” This includes due consideration of “the many legitimate uses Americans make of their firearms including target practice, hunting, organized and casual competition, training and skills development, and instructional activities.“ The letter concludes with several pointed questions for the B. Todd Jones, BATFE’s director, including why the agency bypassed the Administrative Procedures Act in proposing such a radical change to its prior interpretation and enforcement of the law.

NRA will also be submitting its own detailed comments to BATFE in opposition to the ban and is continuing to work with Members of Congress on legislation that will put a stop to this abuse.

In the meantime, gun owners and other affected members of the public must act now to help ensure BATFE does not get away with this attempt to deprive Americans of ammunition for their favorite rifle and to squeeze ammunition markets between converging bans on both lead and non-lead ammunition. BATFE is accepting comments on their proposed ban and will consider all comments received on or before March 16, 2015.

Please be sure to submit your respectful comments in opposition to the ban. For more detailed information on the proposed ban and how you can submit your comments to BATFE, please click this link.

Finally, please contact your U.S. Representative and urge him or her to sign Rep. Goodlatte’s letter and to oppose BATFE’s proposed “armor piercing” ammunition Framework. You can contact your Representative by using the “Write Your Lawmakers” feature on our website, or by calling the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Note in particular that,”NRA will also be submitting its own detailed comments to BATFE in opposition to the ban and is continuing to work with Members of Congress on legislation that will put a stop to this abuse.”

It will be interesting to see if the legislation crafted no only protects M855, but if it reverses prior bans on other common rifle ammunition unilaterally classified as “armor-piercing,” such as the 7N6 ammunition popular with shooters of 5.45×39 rifles.

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  • chuck headings

    Learn to reload, buy and stock up on all you will ever need. Get your lead from junk yards while you still can, learn to make the lead hard . learn how to use gas checks on your lead bullets. There are vids on Youtube , books by LEE for reloading …. Get your press ,Dies , powders for your rounds , heads by the thousands for your rounds and you can buy all the bullet casings you need …. The time is now Folks…

  • Conservative Mark

    The only thing that is going to stop this illegal Muslim usurper is IMPEACHMENT!

    • Douglas Moore

      Or maybe something a slightly more stringent? Like arresting and charging him with treason.

    • John Wirts

      Or charge him with treason and propose execution if found guilty. His probable defence I am a Kenyan citizen so I can’t be charged with treason!, then charge him with impersonation an American, illegally assuming the Presidency, sabotaging our legal system, and issuing Illegal Executive orders and directives. Alien espionage is also a capital offence punishable by execution! Problem solved!

      • RICH

        AMEN….. ! YOU ARE ALL ON THE RIGHT PAGE ! !

  • stoney

    the cartridge industry needs to go local anyway….if you cant make a primer, powder,case or bullet you are basically unarmed anyway…we just went through a bogus shortage of supply in cartridges, and who could find any?…if you could they were outrageous in price……85 bucs at a gun show in tampa fla for 500 22 cal rounds!….unreal!….the industry loves this “panic”….it drives the prices through the roof!…..

  • daveveselenak

    It is tragic, Rudy got crucified for even mentioning our Muslim-Marxist jihadist’s communist upbringing. Well, I wonder what his state-run, fifth column media would have to say about Rick Wiles of TRUNEWS describing him as a full blown communist as most of ‘US’ out here know and a few brave souls in the Christian media are not afraid to report. I urge you to go to this site to hear the hair raising truth about this half-black communist’s agenda. This is what we would be hearing if we had a free press! Yes, REVOLUTION will be the SOLUTION!

    Obama took control of the Internet today and banned the sale of M855 “green tip” ammo. Rick warns that Obama is now acting like a “dictator in perpetuity.” Baptist Pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress discusses the Countdown to Apocalypse. Assyrian Christian humanitarian aid leader Juliana Taimoorazy gives the Trunews audience a chilling report about the Islamic genocide of Christians.

    Thursday February 26, 2015 [Download]

    Read more at http://www.trunews.com/thursday-february-26-2015-robert-jeffress-juliana-taimoorazy/#mFsGizCYIEZIMKsw.99

    • Mrs. Patriot

      Did you know obama is only 1/16 black? He’s half white, and the rest is ARAB.

      • newhon63

        I have no doubt that Obama pays his allegiance to the Arab nations. Whether he has Arab blood or not is irrelevant. Whatever his race, he is a bottom feeding scumbag that is doing everything he can to weaken the nation. To what end I have some idea but since the rest of our government is either onboard with what he wants or is more concerned with keeping the money rolling into their own pockets, then that is irrelevent too. Government is not listening to the people. They treat us like we are irrelevent as well. All they care about is keeping the taxes dollars rolling in and having an IRS to harass us if we don’t pay.

  • MikeS

    It violates the Constitution weather obama likes it or not. Our legislators can easily stop him. Lets get on track people! Call and write congressmen and senators! Show the anger or they will not behave! Talk is surrender. Action is required. Citizens are being oppressed. Quit the yak and strike back! It’s about tie that binds our Nation together…”The Constitution”.

    • RICH

      WE ALL HAVE TO WRITE / EMAIL BATF&E AND VOIVE OUR DISPLEASURE OF WHAT THEY’RE DOING WITH THE M855 ROUND. THE WOMAN THAT IS FEILDING THE EMAILS FOR BATF&E IS A MS. DENISE BROWN. THEY WILL BE TAKING EMAILS FOR 30 DAYS……. I SENT MINE TODAY. I ALSO SENT COPIES TO MY REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS….. WE ALL HAVE TO START MAKING SOME NOISE…… IT’S WAY OVERDUE ! !

      • MikeS

        Yes! Yes! Do it, everyone. Also try to get a call in. Jam up the phones.

        • RICH

          Brownell’s sent a flash out. Brown’s email address is; APACOMMENTS@ATF.GOV The fax# to fax comments in is (202)-648-9741 . PLEASE….. forward this info to all of your email contacts and have them do the same. This is extremely important that we be heard. Nothing nasty or derogatory…. just factual & sincere. I did indicate in my email that I felt our Second Amendment rights are being violated and the Liberals are trying to backdoor gun owners by ‘picking away’ at our rights and bit by bit attempting to get a total ban on all guns.

    • newhon63

      I send letters and so forth to our Congress members and the Senators. You know I get? The typical form response telling me they thank me for my concern and will keep my views in mind when a bill in question comes up. Of course they also tell me they share my concern.

  • Joe1938

    There are many reasons that there is an
    assault on the Second Amendment. One of the many reasons is that this
    socialist, communist, marxist, islamofascist racist administration
    wants to disarm as many Americans as possible therefore decreasing
    opposition to the ragheads who are becoming more and more active here
    in the USA.

    • RICH

      AMEN Joe……. Gloom is on the horizion if people in this country don’t wake up real quick ! Our government has been warned numerous times by France, Denmark, Germany, Great Britian etc., as to the problems the muslims have caused in their countries…….

  • RICH

    ***** We all have to voice our displeasure on the pending M855 ban with BATF&E. They (allegedly) are taking comments on this issue for the next 30 days. NRA-ILA is asking that ALL GUN OWNERS send comments to BATF&E. The comments are being taken by Denise Brown of ATF&E. Her email address is; APACOMMENTS@ATF.GOV The fax# to fax comments in is (202)-648-9741 . PLEASE….. forward this info to all of your email contacts and have them do the same. This is extremely important that WE ALL be heard. Nothing nasty or derogatory…. just factual & to the point. I also sent a letter and a copy of my email to my Representative & Senator requesting they also send a message to the ‘Liberal’ side ! ! Let’s make some NOISE ! ! !

  • RICH

    ***** We all have to make noise about this ! NRA-ILA is asking that all PRO-GUN people voice their comments with the B.A.T.F.&E. ****PLEASE**** take a few minutes of your time to do this. Comments can be emailed to Ms. Denise Brown, BATF&E. Her email address is; APACOMMENTS@ATF.GOV or a comment can be faxed to fax #,
    (202)-648-9741. PLEASE….. forward this info to all of your email contacts and have them do the same. This is EXTREMELY important that we ‘all’ be heard. Nothing nasty or derogatory…. just factual & sincere. I did indicate in my email that I felt our Second Amendment rights are being violated and the Liberals are trying to backdoor gun owners by ‘picking away’ at our rights and bit by bit attempting to get a total ban on all guns.

    I also sent a copy of my email to my Senator & Representitive, along with a letter asking them to voice my opinion along with theirs to Congress. Thanks to all who care, Rich….!

  • Bruce Darling

    Didn’t Obama promise something like hoax and chains?

  • Mrs. Patriot

    Put pressure on firearm industry manufacturers to just ignore all these illegal restrictions on the people’s right to keep and bear arms. They can refuse to pay any bogus fines, etc. and just keep pumping out the ammo and making it available to the public, any way necessary including setting up a black market right out in the open.

    All is fair in war, and make no mistake, this is war. The government has declared war on us by trying to take away our means of self-defense. We have to fight back any way we can, peacefully, until we see we have absolutely no way to keep it peaceful.

    This administration’s fundamental transformation of the US must be stopped NOW.

  • The Mechanic

    STOP the Banning of M855 “Green Tip” AR-15 Ammo!

    see link: http://www.stopthem855ban.com/index.php

    March 16, 2015 is the last day the ATF will receive comments, Sign the Petition now, before it’s too late!

  • The Mechanic
  • newhon63

    Remember. Even if Obama were to be impeached, his trained monkey, Biden, would assume the Oval Office. People say he would be more controllable but Obama would just give Biden his marching orders from the background.