BATFE To Ban AR-15 Ammo
By de Andréa
March 3, 2015
March 3, 2015
In a move clearly intended by Obama to again ignore and violate U.S. Constitutional law by suppressing the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the tax collecting department called the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, unexpectedly announced that it intends to ‘ban’ all commonplace M855 ball ammunition by re-designating it as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s abuse of his executive authority to impose illegal gun control restrictions and bypass Congress and the law.
By way of background, federal law imposed in 1986 prohibits the manufacture, importation, and sale by licensed manufacturers or importers, but not possession, of “a projectile core which may be used in a handgun or long gun and which is constructed entirely . . . from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium.”
M855, does not, however, have a core made of the metals listed in the law; rather, it has a traditional lead core with a steel tip, and therefore should never have been considered “armor piercing.” Nonetheless, BATFE previously declared M855 to be “armor piercing ammunition,” but granted it an exemption as a projectile “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.”
Now, however, the illegal BATFE says that it will henceforth grant the “sporting purposes” exception to only two categories of projectiles:
Category I: .22 Caliber Projectiles
A .22 caliber projectile that otherwise would be classified as armor piercing ammunition under 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(B) will be considered to be “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes” under section 921(a)(17)(C) if the projectile weighs 40 grains or less AND is loaded into a rim-fire cartridge only. The 223/5.56 caliber AR15 is a center fire cartridge.
Category II: All Other Caliber Projectiles
Except as provided in Category I (.22 caliber rim-fire), projectiles that otherwise would be classified as armor piercing ammunition will be presumed to be “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes” under section 921(a) (17) (C) if the projectile is loaded into a cartridge for which the only handgun that is readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade is a single shot handgun. ATF nevertheless retains the discretion to deny any application for a “sporting purposes” exemption if substantial evidence exists that the ammunition is not primarily intended for such purposes.
Well this is clearly a violation and ignorance of constitutional law. Anyone with any knowledge of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution knows that the intention of the right or law is not a sporting one. The intention and purpose was and is clearly for the defense of freedom. Read it for yourself: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The necessity of the law or right is clearly for the …”security of a free State.” The only sporting purpose might be in hunting the criminal law breaking bureaucrats in the federal government.
Write Your Lawmakers and BATFE
BATFE is proposing to ban common rifle ammunition used by millions of gun owners. If their proposal is approved, it will result in a ban on the sale of commonly sold rifle ammunition used by gun owners for hunting, target shooting and self-defense. Write the BATFE and your members of Congress and express your opposition to this proposal. You may call your members of Congress at 202-224-3121.
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.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
They can’t legally ban Firearms so they think they can ban a part of the firearm which will essentially make the firearm useless and the American right to defend Freedom impossible. Which of course is the ultimate intention.
The Framers meant the citizens to be as least as equally armed as the government. Read your history my friend.
A little background on the BATFE:
First it was called the ATF a sub-department of the IRS to collect special taxes on Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, which were all considered by the IRS to be non-essential vices. It illegally evolved into a bureau all its own and created its own military and laws and bureaucracy now called the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives which are all considered to be illegal, immoral and or taxable, sort of payola. If you pay the soborno and you can be immoral. It is just another an unconstitutional loose cannon that should be abolished. It has become the enforcers of the often abused DOJ. The whole thing is reminiscent of the Cosa Nostra or Mafia or even the Gestapo.
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." Thomas Jefferson
"None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important, but especially so at a moment when rights the most essential to our welfare have been violated." --Thomas Jefferson to -----, 1803. ME 10:365
Thanks for listening – de Andréa
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