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GREEN MEANS "GO" TO BAN ALL AMMO
popular rifle, the ar-15, came in the
form of something the agency calls
a "Framework."
By applying the "sporting
purposes" provisions in the onerous
1968 Gun Control Act, batfe has
reversed a 30-year exemption for
importation and manufacture of m855,
5.56 mm "green-tip" ammunition. Those
62-grain rifle rounds, designed with a
solid lead core tipped with a steel point
(painted green), have been consumed by
the tens of millions of rounds by civilians
for whatever peaceable purpose individual
Americans might choose.

that ammunition by consumers would, no
doubt, mean the end of m855, period.
Headlines about the ban repeatedly
referred to 5.56 and .223, but the batfe's
power to ban ammo is significantly
greater. Today, ar-15 pistols are barreled
in a variety of military and proprietary
cartridges from the 6.5 Grendel, to the
6.8 spc, to the .50 Beowulf. And there will
likely be many new cartridge additions in
the future.
Consider that there is a now-legal
factory version of the fn-fal semi-auto
in handgun configuration. And then
there are factory ar-10 handguns (the

BATFE HAS SIMPLY DECLARED
M855 AS "ARMOR-PIERCING"
SO IT WOULD, THEREFORE, BE
BANNED UNDER A CONTORTED
APPLICATION OF A 1986
AMENDMENT TO THE 1968
GUN CONTROL ACT.
Now, batfe has simply declared
m855 as "armor-piercing" so it would,
therefore, be banned under a contorted
application of a 1986 amendment to the
1968 Gun Control Act. The key to this is
that the 1986 "armor-piercing" handgun
cartridge prohibition was never meant to
apply to rifle ammunition.
The convoluted rationale for the
Obama 5.56 rifle ammo ban goes like
this: Since a factory-made version of the
ar-15 minus a shoulder stock is legally
designated as a pistol, rifle ammunition
used in such a firearm-not designed
to be fired from the shoulder-becomes
ipso facto pistol ammunition. And pistol
ammunition that has been declared by
atf to be "armor-piercing" is prohibited
unless otherwise declared suitable for
"sporting purposes."
So batfe-after 30 years of green-tip
m855 ball ammo use being considered
perfectly "sporting"-now declares it
unsuitable for that purpose, which would
render import or manufacture illegal.
Were this ban to ultimately have the effect
of law, the current exponential run on
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ar-15's steroidal big brother) that can
be, and are, configured in virtually any
mid-length caliber.
That could easily make all manner of
cartridges-say, with solid brass or bronze
composition, or even the nearly century-old
Remington Bronze Points-into
"armor-piercing handgun" rounds.
In fact, if a manufacturer were to design
and sell a pistol version of a .50 bmg
semi-auto-or a multi-shot, bolt-action
rifle in that caliber-the mighty .50 bmg
could even be reclassified as "handgun"
ammo subject to the arbitrary scrutiny of
militant batfe bureaucrats.
This insanity, under batfe's
"Framework," doesn't yet apply to
single-shot pistols like the Thompson
Contender, but that could change. And,
under the multi-shot definition, it can be
interpreted to apply to revolvers marketed
in rifle calibers.
There is also another factor that makes
the danger even greater in terms of
access to all ammunition for American
gun owners. This ban could become a
"universal" bullet ban.

Environmentalists, both within and
outside of government, want to ban
lead projectiles-including all hunting
bullets-as hazardous.
It started with the California ban on
lead bullets used for hunting, which
radical environmentalists claimed might
be eaten by the endangered California
condor. The notion is that a condor, while
feasting on the carcass of a deer that
had been shot but not recovered, might
ingest a bullet and might die from lead
poisoning. That has never happened, but
the anti-lead crowd claims that it could, so
all hunters should pay the price.
At the national level, environmental
groups have filed petitions with the
Environmental Protection Agency
(epa)-so far defeated in the federal
courts-to ban lead ammunition as an
environmental hazard.
So if lead ammo were banned, what
would hunters and shooters use to replace
it? The answer is non-lead "green ammo,"
with a solid core of some other metal:
brass, bronze, copper or combinations of
the same.
Yet those projectiles, by the very
definition the Obama administration
batfe bullet-banners are already using,
gives them the power to ban all of
those "environmentally safe" bullets
under their combination "sporting
purpose"/"armor-piercing" legalese.
They can ban any projectile or bullet
core constructed entirely from "tungsten
alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze,
beryllium-copper or depleted uranium."
Given that definition, many other
common, "green-friendly" bullets that
would meet the environmental standards
would be illegal under the "sporting
purpose" and "armor-piercing" standards.
For Obama's gun-banners, this amounts
to, "Heads, I win. Tails, you lose."
So when LaPierre tells the media that
all ammunition is ultimately at stake, he is
right on the money.
Despite the batfe's call for public
comment on its now-stalled ban, there
is ample evidence that the agency had
considered this decision to be already
in the bag. As the always-alert Katie
Pavlich reported on Townhall.com, the
September 2014 atf publication of its
compendium of laws and regulations did
not include the 30-year-old exemption


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