Congressional Opposition to AR-15 Ammo Ban Grows

AP Photo/Allen Breed
AP Photo/Allen Breed

On March 4, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6th Dist.) and 237 other lawmakers signed and sent a letter to the ATF expressing their opposition to the proposed M855 ammo ban.

Among the stated reasons for their opposition, lawmakers cited that the ban would “interfere with Second Amendment rights” by disrupting the ammunition market far beyond M855 sales and/or restrictions.

In the letter, the lawmakers pointed to ongoing and broad-based efforts to restrict or fully ban lead ammunition throughout the country. This effort is occurring at federal and state levels.

With this war on traditional ammunition already underway, lawmakers indicated an additional ban on M855 rounds under the ATF’s fluctuating “framework” for what constitutes “armor piercing,” which is certain to “inhibit the development and use of rifle ammunition containing non-lead materials.” Under typical conditions, this could result in an ammo shortage, but amid the buying frenzies that result from fear of a political war on firearms and firearm supplies, a shortage on all types of AR-15 ammo is all but certain.

According to lawmakers, this disruption in the ammunition market interferes with Second Amendment rights.

It is a backdoor means to gun control, which, in lieu of banning guns, bans the ammunition with which the guns operate.

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