Obama’s ATF proposes Backdoor Gun Control to Ban Some AR15 Ammunition

President Obama has yet again decided to go around congress, in an attempt to push more of his Anti-Gun, Gun Control Agenda. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) is in the process of reclassifying a certain type of popular AR15 ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition”, so they can then ban its sale to the public.

Over the next 30 days the BATFE intends to reclassify M855/SS109 ammunition. Once categorized as “armor piercing,” sales of the M855/SS109 rounds can be banned under language in the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA). By using his so-called executive authority, President Obama is yet again ignoring the Constitution, bypassing congress, and attempting to impose more gun control restrictions on the American public.

Already this year, the Obama administration has taken three major executive actions on gun control, something that has largely been ignored by the mainstream media.

AR15 Uppers

On January 2, 2015, BATFE issued a ruling significantly expanding the scope of activities that BATFE considers to be “manufacturing” for purposes of the Gun Control Act (GCA).  Under the ruling BATFE limits the machining work that gunsmiths can engage in, proposes rules that could make custom work a thing of the past because of regulatory burdens, and prohibits gunsmiths from returning certain repaired firearms to a customer without running a background check on the owner.

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The Sig Sauer SB15 Stabilizing Brace

On January 16, 2015, BATFE released an open letter on the use of pistol stabilizing braces like the Sig Sauer SB15. BATFE made it clear that they considered these braces something that would reclassify a pistol as a rifle, thus shouldering any pistol with a stabilizing brace in considered “making a firearm,” subject to registration and other requirements under the National Firearms Act

An Attempt to go after the AR15…

Under the latest attempt to pass backdoor gun control, BATFE says that it will henceforth grant the “sporting purposes” exception to only two categories of projectiles:

Category I: .22 Caliber Projectiles

A .22 caliber projectile that otherwise would be classified as armor piercing ammunition under 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(B) will be considered to be “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes” under section 921(a)(17)(C) if the projectile weighs 40 grains or less AND is loaded into a rimfire cartridge.

Category II: All Other Caliber Projectiles

Except as provided in Category I (.22 caliber rimfire), projectiles that otherwise would be classified as armor piercing ammunition will be presumed to be “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes” under section 921(a)(17)(C) if the projectile is loaded into a cartridge for which the only handgun that is readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade is a single shot handgun. ATF nevertheless retains the discretion to deny any application for a “sporting purposes” exemption if substantial evidence exists that the ammunition is not primarily intended for such purposes.

Is this the first step in banning all AR15 Ammunition?

For those interested in the history, The Military Arms Channel gives an excellent overview of how the BATFE is going against the wishes of lawmakers who wrote the original legislation, now being used as the excuse to ban SS109/M855 ammunition. This is a must watch, since I think the Obama administration is using this ruling as a stepping stone to go after all AR15 Ammunition in the future.

M855 and SS109 5.56 ball ammo has been in wide use by law abiding American citizens for sporting purposes, and has been exempt from federal law banning armor piercing ammunition for decades. Banning this ammo sets a dangerous precedent that could allow for any multipurpose ammo – ammunition that can be used in both rifles and handguns – to be banned in the very near future.

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  1. honestly, the law was poorly written to begin with to list handguns. The dumbasses that are out there building “AR15 Pistols” have screwed the rest of us. I’m not dumb enough to believe that Obama had anything to do with this. But spin away…

    • While I doubt ckb is a gun owner, probably another Obama operative paid to post on websites and forums to make his boss look good, it’s people like him that will make it possible for them to ban everything.

      The author of this article is correct when he says this is just the beginning. You allow this next they come for all .223, then 30-06, etc…

      Maybe ckb and the rest of his liberal friends should study what the founders intent was for the 2nd amendment because it wasn’t for hunting. It was to stop the spread of tyranny.

    • Sad that people like this exist in this country who roll over and allow the government to shred the Constitution. Also sad that people in this country still doubt this President’s real motives which are to destroy the fabric of this country.

    • You my friend are the dumb ass. Go hide under your chair and beg the government for your rights. You are such a pussy that you don’t deserve any rights.

  2. hey, come on Mark. in one respect Ckb does have a point there. But I would go so far as to say the ” dumbasses ” that are to blame are the ones who posted their activies on you tube and other places for all to see. Not very good “opsec” ( so to speak ).

  3. This is getting out hand in a big way. I agree with al about you tube users and what they put out there. Use your heads people. On the other hand they are merely executing their constitutional rights to keep and bear arms. Do we need civilians walking around with armor piercing rounds?? I think this is an attempt to use the wording in vague legislation to pass laws that put more restrictions on law abiding citizens. Anyone ever notice how hard it is to find a gunsmith nowadays? Too many restrictions and laws that are making it very hard to be a gunsmith in todays world.

    • Ron, what we “need” is for our Constitutional rights to be exercised at all times. The clear intent of our Founders in penning the 2nd Amendment was to acknowledge our pre-existing right of self defense, specifically for the purposes of defending ourselves against a tyrannical government. That right SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED, so either the government accepts that or they are by definition “infringing” and therefore have violated the Constitution.

  4. Panic buying has begun. To all my friends in the firearms community it is a I told you so moment. I agree if they get away with taking green tip next will be anything with enough punch to defeat level II body armor.

  5. so what am I suppose to shoot with a 16″ 1:7 twist barrel? 40 grain will tumble right after exiting for god’s sake. 75 grain is preferable. will I hope the states law on the “chilling effect on weapons and ammo” will kick in and MO will give the big middle finger.

  6. Every day is one step closer to “Opening Day”.. The FED. GOV’T regardless of party is looking to shut down and enslave the American populace . Ray Charles can see this coming and he was blind and is dead !

  7. It is the responsibility of every American as provided in the constitution to not only protect the right to be able to use guns. More importantly, it is our responsibility to overthrow a tarranical government. As history has shown. As soon as gun rights are removed the populace no longer has any recorse in the most oppressive laws or government. In short this is not a right but a responsibility. Read the Declaration of Independence. It is not out dated. But we irresponsibly have given away rights. This would be devastating to everyone

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