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GREEN MEANS "GO" TO BAN ALL AMMO
ammo into banned pistol ammo. Another
recent example of the agency suddenly
flip-flopping on matters concerning legal
rifles in pistol configuration is important
to note.
This January, batfe reversed-sort
of-a 2014 letter on the subject of
"stabilizing braces" mounted on legal ar
factory pistols fired from the shoulder. Last
March, the agency informed owners of
such items that they could legally shoulder
them in use. Adding a normal shoulder
stock to an approved rifle-cum-pistol
makes it a short-barreled rifle subject to a
tax stamp and registration and approval
under the National Firearms Act, which
regulates such things as machine guns.
In the second advisory, in an "Open
Letter on the Redesign of Stabilizing
Braces" issued in January, batfe again
said the installation of a "stabilizing
brace" on any such factory pistol was
perfectly legal. However, the agency stated
that the manner in which it is used by
the shooter-even once-determined
whether that handgun was transformed
into a regulated short-barreled rifle.
Use the stabilizing brace on your wrist,
you are legal. But put the brace to your
shoulder, and you've committed a federal
felony. In the collective wisdom of batfe,
shouldering the gun equals a "redesign."
As for those individuals who wrote
batfe earlier and received permission
to shoulder their firearms, they never
received any follow-up correspondence
on the reversal. The agency's "open letter"
to the world at large simply declared that,
"Individual letters stating otherwise are ...
hereby revoked."
What might come next? Perhaps
hordes of federal agents spending their
days combing through YouTube videos
looking for stabilizer brace violators? In
Obama's "transformed" government,
anything's possible.
Throughout the proposed ammo
ban controversy, the White House
used false talking points designed to
feed an increasingly gun-ignorant
media, claiming that legal ar pistols
are a danger to police because they are
"easily concealable."
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In a late-February White House
briefing, Obama's press secretary, Josh
Earnest, said the bullet ban on m855
"seems to be an area where everyone can
agree that if there are armor-piercing
bullets available that can fit into easily
concealable weapons, that puts our law
enforcement at considerably more risk."
The "cheap" and "easily concealable"
memes concerning legal pistol versions
of the ar-15 have been repeated time
and again. Mark Glaze, the former
head of various gun-ban outfits funded
by billionaire Michael Bloomberg,
pontificated about the m855 ban when he
appeared on Fox News.
"You know, you don't worry so much
if you are a police officer in the street
about the rifle that has that ammunition
in it because you know what people are
doing with it," Glaze said. "They are going
out to shoot animals and they are going
out to do target practice. In an urban
environment, you don't want small,
compact cheap things that can carry that
kind of power."
A note to Earnest and Glaze: Try
stuffing a $1,500 ar-15 pistol, sporting a
standard buffer tube and a 12-inch barrel
with a full 30-round mag, into your pants.
"Easily concealable" likely won't be the
words you use to describe the results.
While Obama is just the latest-and
currently most dangerous-politician
dead set on destroying the Second
Amendment by any means possible, there
is something even bigger to consider.
Chris W. Cox, executive director of
nra's Institute For Legislative Action (ila),
put it succinctly:
"Our fundamental constitutional
freedoms are not secure as long as
federal law gives government bureaucrats
unlimited power to apply the subjective
term 'sporting purpose' to ban the
products law-abiding Americans use to
exercise their Second Amendment rights."
Cox is right.
For the last nearly 50 years, that phrase
and its variations have empowered
the federal government and anti-civil
rights zealots in their step-at-a-time
war to degrade and destroy the Second

Amendment. The term is a sticky trap,
meaning whatever the latest unelected
bureaucrats or gun-banners say it means.
In 1968, it meant banning the importation
of military surplus-ending a dream period
for collectors. It was also the criteria for
banning importation of many small pistols
and revolvers.
It was used again during the 1970s and
'80s, under the guise of banning the domestic
production, sale and possession of so-called
"Saturday Night Specials." An entire category
of handguns, which Americans peacefully
owned and used, were to be declared
contraband as "non-sporting."
Had it not been for nra-ila's efforts,
Congress might well have enacted a ban on
possession of many handgun models.
Then there was the 1989 ban on imports
of all manner of semi-autos, creating a truly
absurd set of physical criteria that included
characteristics like bayonet lugs. All of this
was possible because the feds said those
firearms had no "sporting purpose."
That "sporting purposes" import ban was
also the model for President Bill Clinton's
so-called "Assault Weapons" ban, enacted in
1994. Thanks to provisions insisted on by
the nra, that ban automatically sunsetted
in 2004.
The phrase "sporting purposes" has
become the favorite assault weapon of
drive-by politicians bent on curtailing private
firearm ownership. Unless those words are
erased from law, such attacks will never end.
In the meantime, gun owners must
deal a final blow to the back-door bullet
ban. Obama's now-stalled action has once
again caused consumers to speak with
their pocketbooks. For those lucky enough
to find m855 ball-or for that matter, any
.223 ammunition-on the shelves at their
local gun shop, that ammo is far more
expensive than before the ban proposal.
America's 1st Freedom readers who hear
friends and acquaintances complaining about
the higher price of ammo should remind
them that an annual nra membership
costs less than the price of 100 rounds of
5.56 ammo. Remind them that the only way
such proposals will be defeated is through
the good efforts of the nra, which will grow
even stronger with their membership.
All gun owners should agree that the
amount they would pay for a few rounds of
ammo is a small price to pay to help preserve
American freedom.



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