Both 5.56 and .223 caliber ammuntion used in the popular AR-15 rifle are up on the chopping block.
With the war on “assault” rifles still raging within the government, President Obama and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) have purposed a ban on 5.56mm/.223 caliber ammunition. This comes after an attempt at getting the weapons that use them banned.
In a document released earlier this month the ATF wants to reclassify any ammunition using the SS109 or M855 cartridges, such as the 5.56, from sporting purposes to armor piercing ammunition. This includes the “green tipped” target shooting rounds.
Their cause spawns from a fear that easily carried AR-platformed handguns will be able to penetrate any bulletproof vests worn by police officers and FBI agents.
With the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle one of the most popular and best-selling guns in America, this will surely cause ammunition demands and prices to skyrocket. Since the announcement was released most gun, sporting, and online stores have sold out or raised prices due to the hysteria.
Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh had this to add Thursday night on his radio show.
President Barrack Obama wants to take guns out of everybody’s hands, and if he can’t do that, he’s gonna take the bullets that go in the guns out of everybody’s hands.
Numerous House Representatives and the NRA are working together to stop this ammunition ban. Bob Goodlatte, Republican Representative and chair member of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to the ATF demanding to know the exact reasoning behind their attempted swift ban. No response has been sent as of yet, according to the Inquisitr.
A ban of this style will affect anyone owning a weapon that shoots these rounds: home defenders, hunters, sport shooters, and more will see a difference. To help prevent this ban, the ATF is accepting public comments until March 16, 2015.