ATF Director: “Any 5.56 round is a challenge for officer safety…”

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform website

“ATF Director B. Todd Jones said all types of the 5.56 military-style ammo used by shooters pose a threat to police as more people buy the AR-15-style pistols.” via ATF raises new concerns about AR-15 ammo | WashingtonExaminer.com.

As has been said over and over again, the proposed framework (even if they don’t implement it) was designed to give the ATF the ability to ban ALL rifle ammunition under the pretense that it is a threat to law enforcement. That’s is B. Todd Jones’ goal and directive from the man who appointed him. Though the President and Jones claim to respect the Second Amendment, every proposal they’ve made has been an attempt to circumvent it.

What is amazing is that even the news organization that bears Michael Bloomberg’s name pointed to the ATF’s pursuit of a ban as being a waste of time.

“The AR-15-type handguns in question are relatively expensive, heavy, and about two feet in length. You haven’t read much about them because they’re not turning up at crime scenes. Green tips, moreover, haven’t contributed discernibly to shooting waves, let alone skeins of cop killings. (I’m unaware of a single police shooting that involved the ammo in question; if you know of one, please point it out.) If bad guys want to use rifle ammunition to kill police officers, they can do so right now – and they have a vast array of rounds to choose from. ” via What You Need to Know About the Armor-Piercing Bullet Controversy | Bloomberg.com

The ban has been shelved for now but, it’s not time to celebrate. The ATF is still moving foward with 41P which for many of us, will make it all but impossible to purchase NFA items by requiring CLEO signatures on transfers even to trusts and corporations. If you live in a place like Harris County, Texas, the obvious CLEO signature would be that of Sheriff Adrian Garcia or someone acting under his authority. Rest assured, that signature will never happen and there are scant few alternatives to anyone who isn’t politically connected at the federal level in Harris County.

41P aside, it is clear the new ATF director will continue to make every effort to gut the Second Amendment. The President that appointed him promised to do so when Congress wouldn’t. Even if the M855 ban is shelved for now, we’ll likely see it again or something far worse before the current administration leaves office in 2017.

-GM

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