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ATF Proposes Legislation that Would Ban Ammunition For AR-15s

Published: February 16, 2015
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Washington DC – According to a recent report by the NRA’s Institute For Legislative Action, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Obama Administration are attempting to ban ammunition for AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles.

The report points to a recent piece of proposed legislation called “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”

The report clearly states that the ATF wants to take powerful guns and ammunition out of the hands of the average people “for the protection of law enforcement officers.”

According to the fine print of the legislation:

To protect the lives and safety of law enforcement officers from the threat posed by ammunition capable of penetrating a protective vest when fired from a handgun, the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), as amended, prohibits the import, manufacture, and distribution of “armor piercing ammunition” as defined by the statute. The GCA, however, allows for the exemption of ammunition that would otherwise be considered armor piercing if the Attorney General determines that the specific ammunition at issue is “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.” Interpreting the meaning of this statutory language, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has developed a framework that will apply to requests seeking a determination that certain projectiles qualify for this “sporting purpose” exemption. The framework is intended to uphold the requirements of the statute and its goal of protecting law enforcement while respecting the interests of sportsmen and the industry.

One thing that the NRA has pointed out about this bill is its classification of average AR-15 ammunition as “armor piercing”, when it isn’t actually armor piercing, even according to the government’s own definitions. Additionally,  the “sporting purposes” exception would only apply to a few specific categories and types of ammunition.

In the past month alone, the ATF has made a number of moves to significantly restrict gun rights in America. In addition to this proposed ammunition ban, the ATF made a number of executive actions that affected firearm owners and manufacturers.


The ATF will be taking comments on the proposed legislation until March 16, 2015 at the email address “”

Read the proposed bill for yourself at the following link:

Email the ATF and voice your concern for such a threatening piece of legislation. Then share this article to let others know about this ominous plot.

The Second Amendment was not written to protect hunting. 

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