On March 2 White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the pending AR-15 ammo ban is a “common sense” way to save cops’ lives.
Earnest also claimed the ban on M855 ammo is something that can be done while “protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.”
According to The Washington Times, Earnest said the Obama administration has been looking for “ways to protect our brave men and women in law enforcement, and believe that this process is valuable for that reason alone.”
But House Judiciary Committee chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-VA-6th Dist.) is not buying the argument. Breitbart News previously reported that Goodlatte sent a letter to the ATF that stated:
Millions upon millions of M855 rounds have been sold and used in the U.S., yet the ATF has not even alleged, much less offered evidence, that even one such round has been fired from a handgun at a police officer.
Goodlatte’s point is crucial because Obama’s ATF is effectively working backward to justify banning M855 ammo. They are taking an “armor piercing” ammo ban for handguns and applying it to rifles because of one rifle round–the M855 for the AR-15–which can also be fired out of AR-15 pistol variants.
Unless someone can prove Goodlatte wrong, the AR-15 ammo ban remains a terrible solution to a non-existent problem.
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