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Bill Introduced to Save M855

The ATF recently decided it has the authority to reclassify M855 5.56 round as “armor piercing” and therefore ban its sale to the civilian market. Of course, this has “nothing to do with gun control” and is instead an effort to “protect the lives and safety of law enforcement officers from the threat posed by ammunition capable of penetrating a protective vest when fired from a handgun.” Yeah, right.

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In response, Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) introduced H.R. 1180 last Friday, a bill to “prohibit the Government of the United States from issuing or enforcing a new restriction or prohibition on the manufacture, importation, or sale in the United States of ammunition.”

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-17) today introduced legislation to block the Obama Administration from implementing a proposed regulation that would effectively ban the sale of certain ammunition.

“The Obama Administration’s proposal would unilaterally strip law-abiding hunters and sportsmen of their Second Amendment rights,” Rooney said. “Congress has made its intentions clear that this ammunition is for sporting purposes and should not be restricted. We cannot and we will not stand by while the Obama Administration tramples on the Constitution, the rule of law, and the Second Amendment rights of hunters in my district and across the country.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) recently proposed a new regulation that would ban the manufacturing and sale of 5.56 mm/.223 caliber M855 “green tip” ammo commonly used for hunting and target shooting. Rooney’s bill, the “Protecting Second Amendment Rights Act,” would prohibit the ATF or any other federal agency from issuing or enforcing any new restriction or prohibition on the manufacture, importation or sale of ammunition in the United States.

Well done Mr. Rooney. Please contact your representative and tell them to support H.R. 1180.

4 Responses to Bill Introduced to Save M855

  1. Jack March 3, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    Awesome news! We are not alone in this fight. Obviously we have done enough to grab some attention.

  2. Hillbilly Bob March 3, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    This will be interesting, I don’t have faith in it but I am hoping something good comes from this bill
    I have seen to much back room dealings and pork politics to have faith in our gooberment to ever do the right thing or to even follow our founding father’s wishes and writings

  3. Jim March 3, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    Big deal! Republicans have been rolling over for this asshole of a president since he got elected. No defunding of any government agency of which all of them are violating the law. This president has no intention of obeying the law nor does any federal agency or any of its employees. We are officially no longer a free nation. We have become a dictatorship and 50% of the country loves it.

  4. Justin March 13, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    This is getting ridiculous!! We don’t need a new bill to help protect ammunition or any other firearm related items its called the constitution!! Shall not be infringed!!