Do you want the Obama Administration to decide what kinds of guns and ammo you’re allowed to keep and bear?
Do you want an Executive Order to take away even MORE of your freedoms?
Are we going to let the Obama Administration bypass Congress to infringe our rights without speaking up?
RIGHT NOW, Obama and his cohorts are attempting to implement a dictatorial ban on rifle ammunition. The White House claims “common sense,” and even suggest that Second Amendment activists should back them in their efforts to remove our freedoms. Claiming that banning certain ammo types will protect police officers, though activists and journalists have yet to produce researched evidence that police officers are being killed by the very ammo the government is attempting to ban.
President Obama insisted that if Congress would not enact his gun control agenda, he would do so on his own, through executive action. Having failed to enact a federal ban on the AR-15, America’s most popular rifle, he’s now using the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to do the next best thing. BATFE is now proposing to ban a whole class of common rifle ammunition used in that overwhelmingly popular firearm. Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning of BATFE’s latest move.
The National Rifle Association joined with U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to send a letter to ATF director B. Todd Jones, saying the proposed rule “does not comport with the letter or spirit of the law, and will interfere with Second Amendment rights.” Erich Pratt, with Gun Owners of America, said the agency-driven proposal was simply a way for the executive to bypass Congress, where the rule would have failed.
The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action has announced it will be working with Congress to craft legislation to block this unconstitutional and unilateral banning of our ammo, fired by one of the most popular firearms enjoyed by sports shooters and hunters. When the liberals failed to ban the guns, they came after the ammo.
The NRA-ILA release states:
As NRA has been reporting since the night the news broke, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) is moving to infringe upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners with a drastic reinterpretation of a nearly 30-year-old law regulating so-called “armor piercing” ammunition. So draconian is BATFE’s new “Framework” that it would prohibit the manufacturing, importation, and sale of M855 ball ammunition, one of the most popular cartridges for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15. Not coincidentally, the AR-15 is among the firearms the Obama Administration has unsuccessfully sought to outlaw. If they can’t ban the pie, so the thinking apparently goes, they might at least get the apples.
Basically, this law will mean the virtual banning of non-lead centerfire rifle bullets, even as gun control activists and states are targeting lead bullets for separate bans. This collision of bans on both lead and non-lead bullets could eventually lead to a drastic reduction in lawfully-available ammunition offerings.
In the meantime, gun owners and other affected members of the public must act now to help ensure BATFE does not get away with this attempt to deprive Americans of ammunition for their favorite rifle and to squeeze ammunition markets between converging bans on both lead and non-lead ammunition. BATFE is accepting comments on their proposed ban and will consider all comments received on or before March 16, 2015.
If they can’t ban the pie, so the thinking apparently goes, they might at least get the apples.