Not long after the ammo shortage began I happened to be in WalMart and spotted two ammo cans of Federal Lake City M855 5.56 ammo and snagged it as soon as I could get an employee to open the case and ring up my purchase. This ammo is Green Tip and has recently come under fire by the ATF for some unknown reason. The ATF has just released ATF FRAMEWORK FOR DETERMINING WHETHER
CERTAIN PROJECTILES ARE “PRIMARILY INTENDED FOR SPORTING PURPOSES” WITHIN THE MEANING OF 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(C), and after reading the document it seems to be the move is a means to ban ammo destined for the AR platform. Since our current administration has been unable to ban certain rifles they have devised a backdoor means to ban ammo instead under the guise of keeping ammo piercing bullets out of handguns. First and foremost, the Green Tip ammo is not armor-piercing. Another point is there are very, very few handguns chambered for .223/5.56. A few people have made AR pistols, I know of a few single shot handguns with that caliber, but I actually don’t know anyone who owns or shoots one. Lastly I have to question is law enforcement has ever been engaged by anyone with a handgun loaded with Green Tip rounds since that is the verbiage contained in the first lines of the ATF proposal. I’m willing to wager if we researched the number of incidents in the US of handguns used in crimes and recovered the number which chamber and contained Green Tip ammo would be zero. If it is not a current problem and has never been a problem in the past then we could conclude it will not be a problem in the future. If we connect those dots then our only conclusion is the effort by the ATF to remove the ammo is an effort to begin to restrict and remove .223/5.56 ammo.
You have until March 16, 2015 to comment on the coming restrictions. Pick your favorite method and send them your comments.
ATF website: APAComments@atf.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Fax: (202) 648-9741.
Mail: Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments.