After the Obama administration moved to ban the popular M855 AR15 Ammunition last month, there are growing concerns that his administration is laying the groundwork to ban multiple types of ammunition.
51 Senators sent a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) expressing their disgust over the Obama administrations attempt to ban the popular AR15 ammunition. In their letter, the senators raised concerns that the administration’s ban on the 5.56 M855 “green tip” cartridge appeared to be laying the groundwork for a much larger ammo ban.
In the letter Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote:
Second Amendment rights require not only access to firearms but to bullets. If law-abiding gun owners cannot obtain rifle ammunition, or face substantial difficulty in finding ammunition available and at reasonable prices because government entities are banning such ammunition, then the Second Amendment is at risk. An outright ban is an even more serious threat to the Second Amendment than the threat to the First Amendment’s protection of free press created by a tax imposed only on voluminous purchases of paper and ink.
Today, the ATF temporarily backed down from the proposed framework that was likely to lead to a ban on M855 cartridges. After receiving over 80,000 complaints from the public, the ATF has put a temporary hold on the ban.
They Tweeted the following statement:
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) March 10, 2015
Unfortunately this seems to be nothing more than a clever smokescreen; an attempt to move the public’s eyes on to other issues so they can revisit the ban when no one is watching. The only thing the ATF has really done is temporarily bench the topic; they are still refusing to say they will not ban the M855 Ammo. The White House also seems hellbent on banning not only the M855 round, but all AR15 ammunition — as they pointed out last week during a White House press conference.
According to the White House, the proposed 5.56 M855 ammunition ban is a common sense step to protecting the public. White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that an ammo ban proposal is 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.”
Will all AR15 Ammunition be Banned?
That comment from the White House suggests that other AR15 ammunition might be next, since by their definition they can all be fit into easily concealable weapons — the basis they are using to ban the 5.56 M855 “green tip” cartridge. Because these types of ammunition can also be used in AR-15 pistols, the government is using it as justification to ban rifle ammunition — something that the 1986 law specifically excepted from the legislation.