Obama Administration Plans Major Ammunition Ban

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action is reporting that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) is planning to use its bureaucratic discretion to enact a major ammunition ban as soon as next month. The BATFE announced late last week that it plans to reclassify some of the most commonly available ammunition for the popular AR-15 rifle as “armor piercing” and ban its sale, distribution, and manufacture. The cartridge in question is the 5.56 mm 62-grain M855 military round, commonly known as the “green tip” or “penetrator.” If you are unfamiliar with this ammunition, a bit of explanation is in order. The modern civilian AR-15 is derived from the Vietnam-era M-16 rifle. (Unlike the M-16, the AR-15 is not a machine gun). The original 5.56 mm cartridge for the M-16 utilized a lead-core 55-grain bullet, and was derived from the civilian .222 Remington, popular in the 1950s as a small-game...(Read Full Post)