On March 4, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) executive director James Pasco said Obama’s proposed ban on M855 ammo is not necessary.
At 325,000 members, the FOP describes itself as “the world’s largest organization of sworn officers.”
According to the Washington Examiner, Pasco said the M855 “has not historically posed a threat to law enforcement.” Rather, he indicated that the round was most commonly used for shooting targets.
And while Pasco made clear that while any ammunition can be problematic if misused, he said the M855 round itself “is not typically” one that is used against law enforcement.
Pasco’s claims square with studies done on the types of weapons criminals most often use in crime. Types of weapons are important because they are indicative of types of ammunition.
For example, on June 18 Breitbart News reported that a “Geneva-based research project Small Arms Survey” found that the firearms used in 77 percent of crimes were handguns, and that rifles of any kind were used in less than 12 percent of crimes. Of the 12 percent of crimes in which a rifle was used, the number of “machine guns, submachine guns,” and related weapons was so small it was listed as “negligible.”
Pasco’s explanation that the AR-15 ammo ban isn’t necessary came just two days after the White House said the ban was a “common sense” way to save cops’ lives. As Breitbart News reported, WH press secretary Josh 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.”
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