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rifle ban had no legitimate basis. Virtually
all of the general-purpose, magazine-fed
rifles that it banned were no different
than the American-made Springfield
m1a. At the time, this rifle predominated
in the most "organized marksmanship
competitions" in this country, the annual
National Rifle Matches, conducted every
summer by the nra and today's Civilian
Marksmanship Program at Camp
Perry, Ohio.
Having redefined "sports," batfe
next turned its attention to redefining
"sporting" firearms. The Gun Control
Act had originally sought to prohibit
the importation of ultra-compact,
inexpensive handguns. In 1993,
however, batfe again reinterpreted
"sporting purposes," this time to ban
the importation of large, expensive
handguns like the Heckler & Koch
sp89, which it had previously approved
for importation. batfe didn't pick
and choose which sports to consider
"sporting" this time, but it ignored its
own longstanding Handgun Factoring
Criteria. Handguns like the sp89 had
satisfied batfe's criteria for "sporting
purposes" by having features like
adjustable sights, a long barrel and a
mechanical safety.
In 1994, batfe reinterpreted
"sporting purposes" yet again to ban the
importation of 12-gauge shotguns it had
previously approved for importation.
Then, in 1998, it reinterpreted its
1989 reinterpretation of "sporting
purposes" to ban the importation of
semi-automatic rifles made expressly to
comply with the agency's 1989 ban.
Fast-forward to the present. The batfe
attempt to ban m855 ammunition features
its most far-fetched reinterpretation of
"sporting purposes" to date. First, instead
of considering, as the law requires,
whether a projectile is "primarily intended
to be used for sporting purposes," the
Framework claims that what counts is the
type of handgun in which the projectile
can be used.
Originally, the batfe granted m855
a sporting purposes exemption because
the ammunition can be used in rifles.
Now, it says that a center-fire projectile
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is sporting only if the only handgun in
which it can be used is a single-shot.
When "a handgun's objective design
is not limited to primarily sporting
purposes, such as handguns designed
to be carried and concealed, it may be
reasonably inferred that ammunition
capable of use in such handguns is
unlikely to be used primarily for
sporting purposes." I guess the batfe
never heard of either wadcutter
.45 caliber rounds used for Bullseye
Shooting (or the nra's Conventional
Pistol) competitions or hunting
projectiles designed for revolvers.
batfe argues the new focus on
handguns is necessary because
ar-15-type handguns pose a "significant
risk" to law enforcement officers. That
argument fails for multiple reasons.
First, the exemption should not be
based upon the type of firearm in which

down Sen. Dianne Feinstein's "assault
weapons" bill on a bipartisan vote of
60-40. He claimed if Congress wouldn't
act, he would.
To carry out the administration's
goals, batfe didn't just reinterpret the
law, it effectively rewrote it. Untold
millions of m855-type cartridges and
projectiles have been manufactured,
imported, sold and used for sporting
purposes over the years. Since the
mid-1990s, ar-15s have accounted
for the vast majority of rifles used in
center-fire rifle shooting sports, and
m855 ammo accounts for between a
quarter and a third of all .223 Rem./
5.56 mm cartridges sold. Simple math
tells you the overwhelming use of those
rounds has been lawful.
After creating a furor, batfe
retreated from its attack on the ar-15.
Gun owners who contacted their

... the FBI reports that no law enforcement
officer has been killed with any handgun
chambered in .223 Rem. or 5.56x45 mm
NATO during at least the past 35 years ...
a projectile could possibly be used,
but upon how the manufacturer or
importer of the projectile intends it to be
primarily used. Otherwise, ammunition
designed for rifles can be jeopardized
the minute someone creates a handgun
that can fire it.
Second, the fbi reports that no law
enforcement officer has been killed with
any handgun chambered in .223 Rem.
or 5.56x45 mm nato during at least the
past 35 years, and batfe's Framework
makes no claim this has ever happened.
Third, the manufacturer or importer
of a projectile cannot possibly know
what type of firearm someone might use
to fire the projectile. Congress could not
have intended to place manufacturers
and importers at risk of prosecution
because their products might be used in
a way for which they were not intended.
batfe's latest politically motivated
twisting of "sporting purposes" has
President Barack Obama's fingerprints
all over it. Obama is still livid over
the fact that in 2013, the Senate voted

senators and representatives to request
congressional action to thwart batfe's
ban were a key factor in this about-face.
Majorities in both the House and Senate
signed letters in opposition to the ban.
Nevertheless, as long as batfe enjoys
the support of an administration willing
to bend the law to its agenda, the threat
will linger. And that brings us to 2016.
Next year, we will have the chance
to steer America back on course. A
pro-Second Amendment Congress
and president can curb batfe from
thwarting the will of the American
people. Where batfe's ever-changing
misinterpretations of "sporting
purposes" are concerned, that must
include revising federal laws to ensure
they respect the right of Americans to
acquire firearms and ammunition for all
legitimate purposes.
Let's ensure batfe's bogus
Framework is trumped by America's
Framework, the u.s. Constitution. For
the future of our country, we can strive
to do no less.



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