A couple days back we warned that the ATF’s apparent about face on the M855 Ammunition ban was nothing more than a smokescreen; today, the ATF ratcheted up their rhetoric signaling they will be going after more than just the M855 round.
Just days after putting a temporary hold on the M855 Ammo ban, B. Todd Jones, the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) told a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting that all types of the 5.56 ammunition used by shooters pose a threat to police as more people buy the AR-15-style pistols.
“Any 5.56 round” is “a challenge for officer safety,” he said. Jones asked lawmakers to help in a review of a 1986 bill written to protect police from so-called “cop killer” rounds that largely exempted rifle ammo like the 5.56 because it has been used by target shooters, not criminals.
They are coming after all 5.56 AR15 Ammo
While many even in the firearms community continue to ignore the threat, reasoning the government would never attempt to ban the popular ammunition, all you have to do is listen to their own words to understand what they plan on doing.
Last week White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that a ban on this type of ammunition is just common sense, and said “if there are armor piercing bullets that can be fit into easily concealed weapons” then banning them is a “common sense step that the government can take.”
According to the White House and the ATF, all 5.56 AR15 ammo is now considered dangerous, because of the fact that it can be used in the AR15 pistol platform – something that is hardly concealable, but is being used to push the ban.