Last week, GRNC informed you of the scheme by the Obama Administration to use the unelected bureaucrats at the BATFEas cover to ban common M855 rifle ammunition. The 2012-13 gun control push failed miserably in Congress, so Obama and Holder have simply changed tactics. This new scheme seeks to dodge the people’s representatives entirely, and unlawfully nullify your Second Amendment rights through the backdoor.  After all, banning ammo is the next best thing to banning guns, since one is useless without the other.

Hunters Watch Out!

Modern sporting rifles like the AR-15 are not the only firearms that may be affected by this anti-gun attack. If unaccountable administrators can skirt the law and set a precedent of banning ammunition as “armor piercing,” even though it does NOT meet the Congressional specifications of armor piercing, how long will it be until ammunition used in traditional hunting rifles is banned because it can penetrate body armor? Probably not long. If the administration pulls this off, they will be emboldened, and all ammunition types will be in their crosshairs. That means any and all guns could eventually be rendered useless. Clearly, that’s the end game.

This is a Serious Threat

Make no mistake, the anti-gun fanatics in the Obama administration and the bureaucracy are serious about taking your guns, and this new scheme is proof. If they can’t take your guns directly, they’ll take away the materials required to use them, rendering them useless. One method works as well as the other if the goal is to end the citizen’s practical exercise of his gun rights.

You and other gun rights supporters have already lofted one volley toward Washington to make sure this gun grab fizzles in the pan, but this is a very serious threat, and one may not be enough. It is absolutely critical that we stop this, and stop it now. Below, see how you can easily send messages to your representatives in D.C. to demand they defund any effort to ban ammunition. Our representatives should be supporting an amendment to the DHS appropriations bill to bar the BATFE from banning this ammunition. Also below, see how you can contact the BATFE and tell them not to reclassify M855 ammunition. Please take a minute to do this. Your gun freedom may depend on it!


  • SEND THE BATFE A COMMENT using this e-mail address: APAComments@atf.gov . Use the contact links provided below, and the copy/paste message under ‘Deliver this Message to the Your Senators and Congressman.’ 

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Rep. Renee Ellmers (2nd): https://reneeellmers.house.gov/contact/
Rep. Walter Jones Jr. (3rd): https://jones.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Rep. David Price (4th): https://price.house.gov/contact
Rep. Virginia Foxx (5th): http://foxx.house.gov/contact/
Rep. Mark Walker (6th): https://walker.house.gov/contact/email
Rep. David Rouzer (7th): https://rouzer.house.gov/contact/email
Rep. Richard Hudson (8th): https://hudson.house.gov/email-me
Rep. Robert Pittenger (9th): http://pittenger.house.gov/contact/email-me
Rep. Patrick McHenry (10th): http://mchenry.house.gov/contact/zipauth.htm
Rep. Mark Meadows (11th): https://meadows.house.gov/contact/email-me
Rep. Alma Adams (12th): http://adamsforms.house.gov/contact/
Rep. George Holding (13th): http://holding.house.gov/contact/email-me


Suggested Subject: “Defund the Obama/BATFE Ammunition Ban

Dear Senators and Representatives: 

I am writing because I am infuriated over the BATFE’s intention, under direction of the Obama administration, to implement a ban on M855 ammunition, a commonplace ammunition used in ordinary rifles. 

I am outraged to hear that the Obama Administration and the bureaucrats at the BATFE are working together in an attempt to circumvent Congress, snub their noses at the Constitution, and deviously implement “backdoor” gun control. The administration and the unaccountable bureaucrats who would do their bidding have absolutely no legitimate authority to establish restrictive new gun laws, yet they are clearly attempting to do just that. They are wrong, and I am calling on you, as a representative of the people to nip this ominous, under-the-radar action in the bud.

I insist that you use the legislature’s power of the purse to defund any effort by the administration to ban common ammunition of any type. I urge you to support an amendment in the DHS appropriations bill barring the BATFE from going forward with this unlawful ammunition ban. 

Also, please contact the administration and the BATFE on the behalf of American gun owners. If you already have, please do so again. They should not be attempting to ban common ammunition used in common rifles, nor anything else that would infringe on the Second Amendment. 

I’ll be monitoring this issue closely via alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina. 



Send to this e-mail address: APAComments@atf.gov

Suggested Subject: “No Reclassification of M855 Ammunition


I oppose reclassifying SS109 & M855 5.56x45mm or .223 caliber ammunition as armor piercing by rescinding the sporting purposes exemption previously in use. The proposed framework should be amended as below.

SS109 & M855 ammunition has previously been exempted from the so called 'armor piercing ammunition' ban under a statutory sporting purposes exemption, and BATFE is seeking to tighten restrictions upon both commercially available ammunition and the definition of ‘sporting purposes’ as it applies to handguns.

The BATFE proposal is based on a false premise that establishes the standard of a single shot pistol as the only one suitable for 'sporting purposes', which is inconsistent with the law and previous interpretations. For example, in BATFE's previous attempt to stop the imports of "certain" shotguns, a not quite as narrow interpretation was explained. After some explanation, ATF admitted that this definition of “sporting purposes” needed to be reevaluated and begrudgingly BATFE admitted that certain semi-automatic shotguns are eligible for importation as ’sporting’.  Currently the ATF considers only trap & skeet shooting as applicable to “sporting purposes” for importation and ignores the prevalence of action competition shooting like USPSA and various multi-gun competitions & supporting leagues. USPSA is indicated to have 19,000 members but does not qualify under ATF's definition of a 'sport' yet the American Curling society has only 13,000 members and is a sanctioned Olympic Sport. There are numerous action competition shooting sports leagues, and regular unaffiliated shooting competitions and events all across the country.  BATFE has not identified what “sport” a single shot, break open pistol is actually campaigned in, and the definition being asserted in this effort is so stringent as to be divorced from reality.  Even if BATFE’s logic incorporates the single shot pistol as suitable for sporting purposes as a hunting firearm, that is a tortuous abuse of the definition as there are a vast majority of repeating / semi-automatic firearms suitable for hunting chambered in .223/5.56x45mm in common use. 

The proposed BATFE restrictions:  

“...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...

The likely use of revolvers and semi-automatic handguns in the community varies, and the projectiles they use are, in many cases, interchangeable among models designed to use the same or similar calibers. Consequently, it is not possible to conclude that revolvers and semi-automatic handguns as a class are “primarily intended” for use in sporting purposes."

This narrower vision of sporting purposes stigmatize the competition shooters who may use the affected ammunition and suppresses the exercise of our 2nd Amendment rights through endless regulation and reinterpretation.  The language above excluding revolvers and semi-automatic handguns as sporting is unrealistic and false. 

A rifle projectile fired from a single shot pistol is no more or less lethal than one fired from a semi-automatic pistol of the same caliber with the same length barrel. BATFE asserts that there is a law enforcement officer safety component because these so called new modern sporting handguns are capable of firing this ammunition. This is disingenuous and deceitful. Handguns necessarily use shorter barrels so that they may be actually used as a handgun, these shorter barrels necessarily reduce the muzzle velocity and energy needed to actually penetrate armor. Further, body armor has significantly improved in the past decade and even intermediate rifle cartridges such as the .223/5.56x45mm can be stopped by currently available protective wear. Thus, there is no actual officer safety component to this evaluation, and whatever artificial component BATFE asserts the reality is that there is less danger to law enforcement from the SS109/M855 ammunition now than in previous years.  There is no additional danger to law enforcement with SS109 & M855 ammunition and projectiles available on the commercial market.

SS109 & M855 is now overwhelmingly used for sporting purposes. From the simplest form of plinking to sanctioned competition, the SS109 & M855 ammunition is employed by target shooters to take advantage of its mid to longer range accuracy and stability. It can be found in competitions such as NRA matches, USPSA, 3 gun, multi-gun and other sports campaigned at shooting facilities across the USA.  

For all of the above reasons please continue to exempt the M855, SS109 .223 / 5.56x45mm from the armor piercing ammunition ban under the sporting purposes exemption as provided by statute.

The Framework ATF has designated is unrealistically stringent in its application.  Restricting the definition of sporting to some obscure, minimally available firearm that represents only a fraction of the market share of handguns as opposed to the overwhelmingly more suitable for sport or hunting revolvers and semi-automatic handguns is inaccurate. 

The Proposed Framework should be amended to:

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)(B) if the projectile or projectile core is not composed entirely from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper or depleted uranium.  

Category II: All Other Caliber Projectiles

Except as provided in Category I (.22 caliber rimfire), 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)© if the projectile is loaded into a cartridge for which the handguns that are readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade is a single shot, revolver or semi-automatic handgun that is suitable for hunting or use in a currently sanctioned and organized competition or sport.

Thank you for your consideration. I will continue to monitor this issue via alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina. 



Lies Told by Moms Demanding Action


Click here to learn the full details of the deceptions spread by the so-called Moms Demanding Action (or rather Moms Demanding Gun Bans).


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