Law Shield would like to inform our members that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is seeking public comment on the proposal to ban commonplace 5.56 M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.”
Commonly available “green tip” M855 and SS109 rifle ammunition that is primarily intended and regularly used for “sporting purposes,” like target shooting, has been exempt from federal law banning armor piercing ammunition for decades. There is no question that the 5.56 ball ammo has been in wide use by law abiding American citizens for sporting purposes.
With the increasing prevalence of handgun versions of rifle platforms, the ATF apparently sees an opening to now ban the widely used M855 and SS109 ammunition.
ATF will accept comments on this proposal until March 16, 2015. If you are so inclined, email or write ATF at the contacts provided below to give them your opinion of this matter.
It has been our experience that physical communications — faxes and letters — have more impact than email.
Fax: (202) 648-9741.
Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
ATTN: AP Ammo Comments
99 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20226