The BATFE is now about to prohibit ammunition for AR-15 rifles.
The fact that a new gun ban is being threatened is really the secondary story. The real story is that a government organization has the power to simply end practical gun ownership (by eliminating the ammunition) in this nation. The Second Amendment prohibits Congress from infringing on the right to bear arms, but the BATFE thinks they have the authority to do it!
How is it that we have a Federal agency that claims the authority to ban guns?
According to the Daily Caller: “BATFE to Ban Common AR-15 Ammo.”
In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress.
It isn’t even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control. First, it was a major change to what activities constitute regulated “manufacturing” of firearms. Next, BATFE reversed a less than year old position on firing a shouldered “pistol.” Now, BATFE has released a “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, which would eliminate M855’s exemption to the armor piercing ammunition prohibition and make future exemptions nearly impossible.
So it seems that we are finally seeing the Obama Administration make good on a promise made by Eric Holder of a “strong and robust” BATFE. I would think that running guns to a Mexican drug cartel and getting away with it would be too robust, but that’s not how the White House views the agency.
If you needed evidence that Barack Obama is doubling down on his agenda even after losing the Senate, here it is.