Obama to Outlaw .223 Ammunition (M855) Through Executive Action

By Dave Dolbee published on in News

It is doubtful that anyone reading this article will truly be surprised that Obama and his cronies in key government posts are trying to once again de facto suppress our Second Amendment rights. They were not able to make it happen through the legislature, but Obama has his phone and his pen. Currently, it seems the President is using both to target gun owners, specifically owners of AR-15s. If you can’t outlaw the guns, get rid of the ammunition.

The AR-15 platform, also commonly referred to as the Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR), has dominated the civilian market. I am not sure of the numbers, but it certainly runs in the millions. The logic flows like this. After any major war or conflict, the service rifle of the day becomes popular among the civilian market. With well over a decade of conflict in the Middle East, it logically flows that a civilian version of the rifle service members were trained with and relied on would become popular. It happened with the M1, M14, Winchester Model 70, Remington 700, 1911 and the list goes on both in eras spanning before and after this list.

.223 NATO Lake City M855 FMJ 62 Grain Steel Penetrator Ammo

.223 NATO Lake City M855 FMJ 62 Grain Steel Penetrator Ammo

The popularity of the AR-15/MSR is the reason it is a target of the Obama administration. The latest assault on the Second Amendment came after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) unexpectedly announced on Friday the 13th that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” Instead of going through the legislative process as intended, President Obama is using his executive authority to once again impose gun control measures.

Three Major 2A Assaults in 2015 Already

Obama is a lame duck with nothing to lose. He will never run for office again and does not care about public opinion—at least not the public opinion of gun owners. We are not even two months into the year, and we have already seen three major assaults on the Second Amendment through executive action. The first came when the activities that constitute “manufacturing” firearms were changed. Next, was the flip-flopping decision of the BATFE regarding firing a shouldered pistol.

The most serious, or at least far reaching, is of course the BATFE’s “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c).” The new proposed regulation would eliminate the M855’s exemption to the armor piercing ammunition prohibition and make future exemptions nearly impossible.

The Backstory

Federal law imposed in 1986 prohibits the manufacture, importation, and sale by licensed manufacturers or importers, but not possession, of “a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely… from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper or depleted uranium.”

We now have AR pistols, which of course are capable of shooting M855—i.e. handguns. On the face, this would seem to run afoul of the law… unless you actually dissect the bullet. The core is not made of any of the materials listed. The M855 uses a lead core with a steel tip, therefore, it is not, nor was it ever “armor piercing.” Not to be bothered by pesky facts or the letter of the law, the BATFE declared the M855 as armor piercing anyway, but granted it an exemption as a projectile “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.”

How Will this Affect You?

Perhaps Obama’s phone has made the BATFE “reconsider” its position. Going forward, the BATFE will only grant the sporting exemption in two categories of projectile:

Category I: .22 Caliber Projectiles

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)(C) if the projectile weighs 40 grains or less AND is loaded into a rimfire cartridge.

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)(C) 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. ATF nevertheless retains the discretion to deny any application for a “sporting purposes” exemption if substantial evidence exists that the ammunition is not primarily intended for such purposes.

In essence, you can have AP rounds for a rimfire .22 or a wildcat cartridge in which the only handgun commonly available or used is a single shot handgun—what a joke!

Two Chances to do Something About it

The NRA-ILA and others are of course on the case and looking for ways to stop this latest assault. The BATFE is accepting comments until March 16, 2015 on this absurd attempt to restrict ammunition for the most popular rifle in America in an attempt to trample our Second Amendment rights once again. Early next week, we should have a follow up article with more in depth details as well as information regarding how you can submit comments and make your voice heard. For now, share this information with your friends and let’s start marshaling our pro 2A forces.

There is a lesson to be learned and this is your wakeup call. In the mid ‘90s when the Assault Weapons Ban was enacted, the prices of ARs skyrocketed. The same was true when the Obama administration banned Russian imports last year. The prices shot through the roof overnight. Who knows whether or not the BATFE will be successful or whether we are able to muster enough public support to thwart it efforts. Until then, I think I will stock up on some M855 while supplies are plentiful and the prices are good.

Do you think the BATFE will successfully ban the sale of M855 ammunition? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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  • The Tortured Path of the Army’s M855A1 AR-15 Round

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    […] EPR replaced the green-tipped 5.56x45mm NATO XM855 standard ball, the cartridge that raised such a ruckus last year because ATF was going to ban it for civilian use. No question, the M855 has its critics. […]

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  • 1 ab urbe condita

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    IMPEACHMENT: Is a formal process in which an official is accused of unlawful activity, the outcome of which depending on the country, may include the removal of that official from office as well a criminal or civil punishment.

    The Impeached President William Jefferson Clinton, and yet he remained in office until his term was over. NOTHING HAPPENED

    If the actually had anything the Impeach President Barack Obama on, the certainly would have already done so. Once out of office, it rather becomes a MUTE POINT.

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    • G-Man

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      @ 1 ab urbe condita,

      You wrote:

      “If the actually had anything the Impeach President Barack Obama on, the certainly would have already done so. Once out of office, it rather becomes a MUTE POINT.”

      First off the term is MOOT POINT, not MUTE POINT. Pairing “mute point” has no canonized meaning in standardized English. Just trying to help you not embarrass yourself in the future.

      And second, there are easily multiple impeachable offenses committed by Obama which have been charged publicly by many members of our Legislative Branch.

      However, Congress’ failure to act on Obama’s impeachable activities stems from the unwillingness by our Legislative Branch to work as a whole body to proceed. Their reluctance is based on the perception that it would be construed as racist to impeach the first black president.

      In today’s so-called politically correct climate, no one in Congress is willing to go down in the history books, of which, will surely be written to make them appear racially malicious.

      Obama could, and already has, done just about anything and he will still never have to worry about facing an impeachment due to his skin color. Worse is he very much knows this and plays off of it.

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    • 1 ab urbe condita

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      @ G-Man

      Something for the Bigot’s Handbook.

      The National Center for Health Statistics of 1989, The Management and Budget and Information and Regulatory Affairs called Standard for Classification of Federal Date on Race & Ethnicity.

      65 N.Y.L.U., Revised 479 (1990).

      Birthing Mother, determines Race & Ethnicity (No Longer the Father). President Barack Hussein “Barry” Obama, II is WHITE!

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    • G-Man

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      @ 1 ab urbe condita

      Now you’re just being stupid to the point of absurdity.

      If you were right, which you are not, Obama was born in 1961 which was well before the several revisions by the OMB for adopting new rules on race and ethnic record reporting. This means statistically on the official record books Obama will forever remain BLACK.

      Regardless, were you to have actually taken the time to read the Federal OMB rules you would also know they’ve determined that ultimately race is determined based on a method of self-identification.

      As a federal employee and law enforcement officer I am very aware of these OMB rules. For the purpose of civil rights violations, school applicants, or any form of employment – an individual’s race and ethnicity is determined by how that person self-identifies. As such, Obama very clearly has publicly self-identified as the first black president.

      You lost credibility when you failed in your knowledge to properly employ grammar such as “mute point”, everything you’ve written since is just down-hill. Please go waste someone else’s time.

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    • 1 ab urbe condita

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      @ G-man

      It’s Retroactive, Sir. I went through ~400 websites, before posting the comment. So don’t even try to SNOW ME, Sir.

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    • 1 ab urbe condita

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      @ G-Man.

      You contradicted yourself at least Twice in your Rebuttal Comment. And the President can call himself Green and Martian for all I care, Sir. The Facts Stands, The New Revised Law, Say’s Birth Mother and NOT Seed Father.

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    • Don P

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      I guess it all depends on what rules or criteria you are going by and whether or not the categorizations are grandfathered. While we are on that subject, according to Muslim law he is a Muslim. If your father is a Muslim, you’re a Muslim. You can convert to, but not away from, being a Muslim.

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    • 1 ab urbe condita

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      @ Don P.

      Barack Obama’s, religious belief is Catholic. And popular belief said his father was a Muslim, he WASN’T. The Village in which he grew up in was mostly Islamic, his father was actually a Luo-Roman Catholic mix. Again, President Obama is a MUTT. Living in a Country of MUTT’S (aka the USA).

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    • Donnie Lowe

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      So many Americans treat Obama like he is really trying to be our president…..HE IS NOT … He works for the Muslim Brotherhood…. why do you think he has appointed so many Muslims to positions of authority in our government? He is here by design to destroy America and Israel for Islam. (George Soros put him in office). Once you understand that FACT then all his actions and policies make perfect sense! If you want to see Obama’s play book GOOGLE THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD PLAN FOR AMERICA! THEN GOOGLE SAUL ALINISKY’S PLAN….. He is using the week minded of which in this once great country there are many to further is Islamist cause. Remember we have over 8 million Muslim THUGS in our country now and Obama is bringing in more daily and putting them on welfare and food stamps. When Obama is ready he will turn them and the blacks loose to do all the damage the can to finish destroying America! Just a worried Patriot’s opinion!

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    • 1 ab urbe condita

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      @ Donnie Lowe.

      And you have Actually Independently Verifiable PROOF of that, Correct Sir. Just like G-Man, has Actual Absolute Proof that President Obama was born in Kenya. RIGHT. Ask him why he hasn’t submitted that PROOF to the Impeachment Council, YET.

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    • Donald Poindexter

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      “Barack Obama’s, religious belief is Catholic. And popular belief said his father was a Muslim, he WASN’T. The Village in which he grew up in was mostly Islamic, his father was actually a Luo-Roman Catholic mix. Again, President Obama is a MUTT. Living in a Country of MUTT’S (aka the USA).”

      Well, I guess that depends on where you get your information. I have never heard of Obama claiming to be a Catholic. He was baptized in the United Church of Christ (remember Jeremiah Wright?) and, according to Time Magazine, worships with a Southern Baptist pastor at Camp David.

      According to Snopes, his father was a Muslim. According to Wikipedia, his father was a Roman Catholic and converted to being a Muslim at the same time he changed his name from Onyango to Hussein. He later became an Atheist. So you are correct when you said he was a Catholic, but wrong when you said “he WASN’T” a Muslim.

      The whole thing still goes back to my original statement: “…it all depends on what rules or criteria you are going by…” According to Muslim law, you can convert TO, but not away FROM, being Muslim and if your father is a Muslim, you are a Muslim. So, by their rules, Obama is a Muslim. His Father converted to being a Muslim well before Obama was born and, by those rules, was a Muslim when Obama was born. Since his father was a Muslim, Obama is a Muslim… by those rules.

      On the topic of what religion someone claims to be, ISIS claims to be Muslim, but Obama refuses to accept the claim that they are. With that in mind, why does anyone have to accept Obama’s claim of being a Christian?

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    • 1 ab urbe condita

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      @ Donald Poindexter

      I actually looked up the information, like a Good Fact Checker would, Sir. Not bring up a FOX News report on the subject…

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    • Don P

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      “I actually looked up the information, like a Good Fact Checker would, Sir. Not bring up a FOX News report on the subject…”

      And what, exactly, was your point on bringing up Fox News? Is that where you got your information that he is Catholic? If you do a Google search of “Obama baptized”, three of the first four results are from Newsweek, Wikipedia and the New York Times. They all confirm that Obama was baptized in the Trinity United Church of Christ… which isn’t Catholic. The Wikipedia article states that he now worships with a Southern Baptist Pastor. So, what are your sources?

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    • 1 ab urbe condita

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      @ Don P

      His father was a Luo-Roman Catholic. In Third World Countries like in Africa, the Roman Catholic Church bends the rules, for keeping the Catholic Faith. One allowance is allowing Priest’s too Marry.

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    • Don P

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      “His father was a Luo-Roman Catholic. In Third World Countries like in Africa, the Roman Catholic Church bends the rules, for keeping the Catholic Faith. One allowance is allowing Priest’s too Marry.”

      To quote a “somewhat reputable” source on the subject of Barack Obama Sr., how about Barack Obama at the 2009 National Prayer Breakfast, from an article in The New York Times (February 5, 2009):”I was not raised in a particularly religious household. “I had a father who was born a Muslim but became an atheist…”

      Maybe you have a more reputable source?

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    • 1 ab urbe condita

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      @ Don P

      What his father said, is the Village he grew up in, was mostly Muslim. He never said that he was Muslim.

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    • Don P

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      “What his father said, is the Village he grew up in, was mostly Muslim. He never said that he was Muslim.”

      Never? Am I supposed to take your word for it, since, I suppose you interviewed him? Like you said previously:“I actually looked up the information, like a Good Fact Checker would”. Well, a good fact checker would also state who his references are, which you have yet to do. I stated mine. I’m waiting to hear the name of your source is who is, apparently, a better source about Barack Obama’s father than Barack Obama! Considering Barack Obama said his father was born a Muslim, I would say that his father was born a Muslim, unless you are going to tell me that Barack Obama is a liar… which I probably would not argue against.

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    • 1 ab urbe condita

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      @ Don P.

      I stand corrected. His Father was born Roman Catholic, but converted to Islam.

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    • G-Man

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      @ 1 ab urbe condita:

      I have no desire to “snow” you as there is no need. If only you understood what you think you were reading on those so-called 400 sites, and then had the experience, expertise, and ability to properly apply it to real-world government activities, then you would know what a ridiculous waste of time your comments have been.

      As a government employee I can assure you first and foremost what you are reading is by no means a law. It is a rule which only applies to how agencies of the Federal government may collect race data; hence the rule’s title – “Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity”.

      The method is used to determine race statistic on populations only on behalf of Federal government programs such as – Federal benefits, Federal civil rights violations, Federal housing trends, and Federal employment statistics to name a few. Even so, all of this is still only collected within the confines of applicable Federal government operations and has no meaning anywhere else.

      As a Federal only rule (not law), it has no authority what-so-ever over how the States chose to collect this data, which coincidentally, are the primary collection repositories for birth statistics in the first place, thus the Federal government has no control. Simply put, States may collect, collate, store and analyze their own data anyway they see fit which means each State determines race not the OMB.

      This is not to say States don’t attempt to cooperate with the Federal government to lend them their data to do with as they please, but there is no law to compel such cooperation. Thus explains why it is not uncommon for State statistical race data to vary widely from Federal statistics.

      Historically each time the OMB has decided to update their collection rules (which you’ve confused with a law), such changes have only ever applied to the data collection efforts within the Federal government. But even with that, a stipulation within their rules quite specifically states that in order to save taxpayer dollars, no effort will be made to retroactively update pre-existing data. So you are wrong.

      Even the CDC adopts State statistics over Federal. The CDC has to ignore Federal race data because it hinders their ability to properly track racially predominant health conditions as deadly as Sickle Cell Anemia which affects more black people than any other race in the world.

      Were Obama to have taken your pathetic research on OMB matters and considered himself white, he would never know to get the proper screening for the deadly condition.

      Even with all my overwhelming enlightenment, I’ve no doubt you are still ready to fire back some stupid comment just because you hate being wrong rather than learning what is right. It’s too bad there are people that act as ignorantly as you do, otherwise the world would be a much more productive place.

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    • 1 ab urbe condita

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      @ G-Man.

      My medication causes my Eyes to Blur. All you had to do is point out my misspelling, but you decided that was far enough. So you Escalated the situation. Is that how you treat all newcomers to the Forum. I don’t recall you Chewing out people for using Blackberry Qwerty Texting, instead of Standard Grammatical Syntax, maybe I haven’t gone back far enough in my getting the Feel For the Landscape of the Shooter’s Log.

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    • ss1

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      @1 ab urbe condita:

      Maybe it’s that your profile name scares some of us. What the heck is that name anyways? Inquiring minds want to know.

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    • 1 ab urbe condita

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      @ ss1

      Rome was founded in 754 BC or 1 AUC. AUC or ab urbe condite means “year of the city”, or sometime’s the 1st Republic. It’s the way the Roman’s measure the Years of their Calendar. Every ancient civilization had their own calendar system of tracking time. There’s nothing offensive about it.

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    • ss1

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      @1 ab urbe condita:

      WOW, that is deep. I never would have guessed it.

      My name is a leftover from my days on a huge golf forum. It means Sam Snead #1, and it looks like the way Tiger’s game is falling apart, Sam may always have the most PGA Tour wins :)

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    • 1 ab urbe condita

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      @ ss1

      I racked my brains for weeks trying too figure out your Persona. My finale conclusion was “Staff Sergeant of the 1st”. But first of what, I didn’t know. Something Normandy related, I suspected.

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    • James S. Price

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      Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and others, are doing all that they can to destroy this country..

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    • Slowpoke Rodrigues

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      @ James S. Price.

      Not the part of Washington, DC., I can see from my home.

      Reply

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