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  • Declining Gun Ownership? Sloppy Reporting Strikes Again

    Citing recent data from the General Social Survey (GSS), the Associated Press (AP) reported [recently] that gun ownership is on the decline in the United States.  This is becoming something of a springtime fantasy ritual among the media, with the same or similar reports from anti-gun media outlets every year after the GSS releases new data.  If the AP had done some actual research, however, they would have realized that the GSS data conflicts with other survey data, if not simple common sense, due to a fatal flaw with its research design that makes it wholly unreliable on gun ownership in the United States. 

    Unlike many surveys conducted anonymously online or over the phone, the GSS is conducted in-person in the respondent’s home.  Obviously, having a stranger who just knocked on your door ask “do you own a gun?” will lead to major under-reporting by respondents.   Clearly, many gun owners would be unwilling to disclose the presence of valuable firearms to a GSS interviewer.  Speaking frankly about guns in such a situation is about as likely as telling someone walking by on the street about owning expensive jewelry or heirloom silver.  

    Had the AP been interested in actual reporting, this survey design flaw might have driven them to seek corroboration from other sources.  Gallup, as an example, has been asking survey respondents anonymously over the phone about gun ownership for many decades.   When one views Gallup’s results over time, no decline is taking place.  In fact, Gallup’s trend-line on this question illustrates that gun ownership has remained fairly constant over the past two decades, if not longer.  

    Common sense should have also driven AP to ask that if the GSS figures are correct, then how can one account for the growing majority of Americans opposed to gun control?  They can’t, so they don’t even try.  Both Gallup and Pew trends on gun control opinion show a growing majority of Americans supporting the Second Amendment, with a recent Gallup survey, as an example, finding 63% of Americans believing having a gun in the home makes them safer.  Opinion is moving in a pro-gun direction because firearm ownership is not only as robust as ever, even those who don’t own guns are seeing through the haze of propaganda constantly pushed by the Obama administration and the anti-gun media.

    As is becoming the norm, the AP appears to have accepted the GSS “findings” as fact and neglected to investigate the claims or apply common sense to the analysis.  As other surveys clearly show, however, gun ownership in the United States remains steady while support for the Second Amendment and the right to self-defense continues to grow year after year.

    © 2015 National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action. This may be reproduced. This may not be reproduced for commercial purposes. 



  • ATF Change Welcomed, But Will It Make A Difference?
    by Jim Shepherd

    The news that BATFE head B. Todd Jones was resigning didn't come from a media outlet citing "reliable sources inside the ATF" - although that's exactly where the news originated. It came from industry compliance and legal protection firm FFLGuard in the form of a Thursday-night advisory to its clients. That advisory said Jones was resigning - soon- to "enter the private sector". Normally that's the governmental euphemism for "he got quit" in the private sector, but FFLGuard seems to have been two-for-two on this one. I'm told that Jones will be leaving the ATF for another set of initials: the N-F-L. Yep, the National Football League. 

    For those of you who are already getting cold sweats at the thoughts of an ATF official making a split-second judgement call, he's not going to officiate, we're told he's going to join their legal department. With the infamous run-ins professional athletes seem to have involving firearms, the NFL is probably smart to add Jones.

    The celebration of Jones' departure had already begun among his most vocal critics. Website CleanUpATF had already posted that "Word's starting to swirl that B Todd is haulin' ass soon," wrote Vince Cefalu in a "Grapevine" column. "We told you his lack of investment in ATF would be apparent," he wrote, Jones, according to Cefalu, "came in to tank the agency and leaves when Holder can't protect him anymore."

    Won't comment on the accuracy of the "tank the agency" comment, but it's obvious that despite the praise heaped on Jones by the also-departing Attorney General Eric Holder, he has done an abysmal job. Throughout his tenure, the already-embattled agency - with headquarters now referred to as "Fort Fumble"- has shown the only real talent it has is a heavy-handed disregard for due process and the rule of law.

    While the industry has been kicking the announcement around with glee, it's obvious that not everyone shares the optimistic viewpoint that with this latest bureaucrat out of the way, something positive in the way of changes in the operations of the ATF will be in store.

    "This gives AT another change to clean up its act," said the Citizens Coalition for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) Chairman Alan Gottlieb, but, "based on their past behavior, I still don't have confidence they will now -suddenly- improve their performance."

    However, Gottlieb believes this is an opportunity for "Congress to keep the agency on a tight leash." 

    Why the negativity? Jones, if you'll remember, was named "acting" director in 2011 with a charge that included cleaning up the ATF after Fast & Furious and other agency blunders. None of the hoped for housecleaning happened and the industry began to feel Jones was put into the agency by an administration that had already demonstrated a disdain for firearms owners. That viewpoint was confirmed to many when the agency let word slip they were planning on banning military surplus ammunition for modern sporting rifles.

    The latest display of ineptitude and deceit -despite the ATF's attempt to brush the whole firestorm off as a "typographical error" brought more than 80,000 (to date) responses to the proposal and the shaky pronouncement that the ATF was "delaying" their action.

    And "delay" in this instance means exactly that. It is decidedly not off the shelf. Nor are other measures designed to impede -or prevent- legal firearms ownership. Already U.S. Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) has introduced H.R. 1358, a bill designed to ban civilian use of the same M855 ammunition. It will be dueling bills in the House as Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) has introduced H.R. 1365, the "Ammunition and Firearms Protection Act" to prevent the BATFE from ever revisiting their "delayed" M855 reclassification.

    What all this means is there's another big battle brewing on Capitol Hill- and it will more than likely focus on the administration's nominee for Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The NRA and other pro-gun organizations have gone on record as opposing her, and conservatives are pointing to what will doubtless be a very close vote as a determining point for Senators facing reelection in the next cycle.

    It's clear that a pattern of end-running normal procedures when possible is the norm and not the exception, so it's no wonder that all pro-gun groups are on high alert when it comes to any administrative actions that can be used to make gun ownership tougher. 

    Republished from The Outdoor Wire.



  • ATF backs off of ammo ban, but it's the "sporting purpose" test that needs to go
    by Jeff Knox

    Feigning shock and surprise at the huge number of comments they received objecting to their plan to ban popular M855 ammunition, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced a tactical retreat from the plan. ATF, released a statement on Tuesday, March 9, saying that over 80,000 comments had been received objecting to the plan, and they were going to postpone any action until they could review those comments. They didn’t mention the two letters they received from the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, which contained similar objections and were signed by majorities from both those legislative houses, but that political pressure undoubtedly played a role in the decision.

    At the core of the planned ammo ban is a 1986 law known as the Law Enforcement Officer Protection Act, or LEOPA. Passed as a result of media hype over so-called “Cop-Killer Bullets,” (which had never killed a cop) the stated objective of LEOPA was to prevent widespread distribution of “armor-piercing” handgun ammunition that might be used by criminals to penetrate police body armor. Even though the act’s sponsors stated that the act was not intended to apply to centerfire rifle ammunition, the final version that passed out of Congress included the phrase, “which may be used in a handgun,” as part of the ban criteria. Since the difference between a rifle and a handgun is simply a matter of how long the barrel and stock are, a “handgun” version of any rifle can be made in any caliber.

    The modular design of the AR platform lends itself to creating such “pistols,” and the growing popularity of AR-type pistols is one of those unintended consequences of strict federal regulations. As I explained back in 2010, there are a lot of stupid gun laws on the books, and some of them involve creating legal distinctions between rifles, short-barreled rifles, and pistols. In short, rifles and pistols have few federal restrictions, but short-barreled rifles are treated the same as machine guns. Since federal gun laws make owning a short, compact rifle expensive and complicated, and since there are a lot of people who would like to have such a handy rifle, many of these folks have decided that AR, rifle caliber pistols are the next best thing. And of course, ATF says the rifle ammunition these guns shoot “may be used in a handgun.”

    LEOPA was passed in the interest of protecting police officers from someone with a regular handgun – which police body armor is designed to stop - but using special, hardened metal bullets which can penetrate protective vests. It did not extend to rifle ammunition because police body armor is not designed to stop rifle fire, and all but the most impotent rifle cartridges will easily penetrate handgun-rated body armor, regardless of what the projectile is made of.

    Back in 1986, right after LEOPA was passed, ATF took advantage of a clause in the law to provide a “sporting purpose” exemption to M855 ammunition. The action ATF recently threatened, and which they could revive at any moment, was not to declare M855 to be “armor-piercing,” they had presumptively done that in 1986 when they exempted it, but rather to remove the “sporting purpose” exemption.

    M855 does not meet the statutory definition of “armor-piercing,” and, while there are definitely more semi-auto “handguns” chambered in 5.56 NATO available now than there were in 1986, that does not change the fact that M855 is still used predominately - in fact virtually exclusively - for sporting purposes, if you reasonably define “sporting” as lawful, i.e. non-criminal, recreational and personal-defense purposes.

    This fight is about ATF trying to adopt and enforce the strictest, literal interpretation of the law, in spite of the stated intent of the law’s sponsors. They have a history of doing this, then claiming that their hands are tied by the letter of the law. But there are several glaring examples of the agency interpreting other sections of the law in ways that are convenient to them. For instance, several laws and regulations dealing with firearms, including LEOPA, use a phrase like “larger than .22 caliber,” to limit their application.

    ATF routinely interprets this to mean .22 rimfire cartridges like Boy Scouts shoot at camp, but that’s not what the laws and regulations say. They say “.22 caliber,” and that literally means a bullet diameter of .22 inches. The wildly popular .22 rimfire cartridges have a bullet diameter of between .223 and .226 inches. At the same time, M855 ammunition, like all 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington, has a bullet diameter of .224 - smaller than some .22 rimfire.

    So should ATF start enforcing stricter laws and regulations on .22 rimfire, or stop enforcing them on the standard AR15 round?

    Neither. I am just pointing out that ATF is quite capable of applying commonsense definitions to the letter of the law, and they should be doing so in their interpretation of LEOPA. Just as they reasonably interpret “larger than .22 caliber” to refer to .22 rimfire, they should also reasonably interpret the definition of “armor-piercing” in LEOPA to apply only to projectiles for the handguns police body armor is designed to stop. Likewise, when it comes to determining whether a gun or ammunition has a “sporting purpose” - which is a totally unconstitutional concept - the ATF should interpret that in the broadest possible sense rather than limiting it to deer hunting, skeet shooting, and traditional, slow-fire target sports. The number one shooting sport in the country is putting holes in soda cans and making rocks jump - plinking - and the AR in 5.56/.223 is probably the single most popular gun in the nation for doing that.

    Until Congress gets off their duffs and removes constitutionally offensive language like “sporting purpose” from the nation’s gun laws - and ideally repealing most of those laws - we insist that the ATF, and the entire executive branch, stop trying to expand and extend their invasion on the rights of the citizenry, and interpret the existing laws in the most favorable way possible for the people who entrust them with that authority.

    To that end, I would ask you to send a copy of this column to your favorite elected officials - especially the ones who claim to support gun rights and the Constitution. Give them the information they need to make wise decisions, and take away their excuses for failing to fix this untenable situation.

    ©2014 The Firearms Coalition, all rights reserved. Reprinting, posting, and distributing permitted with inclusion of this copyright statement. www.FirearmsCoalition.org.



  • Washington Post Fact Checker: President earns three "Pinocchios" for latest anti-gun whoppers
    by Chad D. Baus

    President Barack Obama has been lying about guns and gun rights for years, and it finally seems as though at least one mainstream media outlet is catching on.

    For the second year in a row, the Washington Post’s Fact Checker has given Obama “Three Pinocchios” for false claims in support of gun control.

    In 2013, the newspaper "Pinocchio'd" the president for claiming that 40 percent of firearms are sold without a background check. Now, it exposes the untruthfullness of three claims the former Joyce Foundation Board of Directions member told students at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. on March 6, 2015.

    “What we also have to recognize is, is that our homicide rates are so much higher than other industrialized countries. I mean by like a mile. And most of that is attributable to the easy, ready availability of firearms, particularly handguns.”

    “And as long as you can go into some neighborhoods and it is easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book, there are neighborhoods where it’s easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable — as long as that’s the case, we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence.”

    “People just say well, we should have firearms in kindergarten and we should have machine guns in bars. You think I’m exaggerating — I mean, you look at some of these laws that come up.”

    After having been challenged by a reader and via a number of Tweets, the Washington Post's FactChecker decided to take a look at the statements. What they found, of course, was that the president was, as he has so often done before when it comes to guns and Second Amendment rights issues, lying through his teeth.

    NO, the U.S.'s homicide rate aren't "so much higher...by like a mile."

    ...[T]he president said that U.S. rate was higher “by a mile” when in fact the rate is five times lower than Brazil and four times lower than Mexico.

    NO, it's not “easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable."

    This is just a very strange comment that appears to have no statistical basis. Perhaps one can just shrug it off as hyperbole, but is this really something the president of the United States should say to college students? As far as we know, there are no areas in the United States where background checks are needed to buy vegetables.

    NO, people aren't saying we "should have machine guns in bars,” and YES, it was an exaggeration.

    The president was playing fast and loose with his language here—to a group of college students no less. There’s little excuse for the claim that in some neighborhoods, it is easier to buy a gun than vegetable (see update above) — or to say he’s “not exaggerating” when he claims that some people have proposed laws that would allow machine guns in bars.

    As for the U.S. ranking on homicides among industrialized nations, the president certainly would have had a stronger case if he said the United States was above average, or that it was in the top ranks. But instead he claimed the United States had rates that were higher “by like a mile.”

    The gun debate is serious enough that it should not be poisoned by exaggerated claims and faux statistics. The president earns Three Pinocchios.

    Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.



  • Ohio police officer defends own life during home invasion
    by Chad D. Baus

    According to the Akron Beacon-Journal, a woman who works as a Kent police officer shot her intoxicated, violent ex-boyfriend when he broke into her home in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 19 - her 30th birthday - and began attacking her.

    From the article:

    Police say [Adam] Jovicic, who served as a medic with the Ohio Army National Guard since 2006, was intoxicated and high on an undisclosed drug when he forced his way through the front door. A report shows [Sarah] Berkey was beaten unconscious at some point, but otherwise suffered minor physical injuries.

    It does not appear that Jovicic was armed when he broke inside. Police, however, would not identify the gun used in the shooting. The gun was recovered from inside Berkey’s home.

    Jovicic, a Stow-Munroe Falls High School graduate and avid weightlifter, worked as a corrections officer for the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center for about two years before resigning Feb. 21.

    According to the article, the officer's use of her cell phone to call to 911 resulted in a delay in response time of several minutes.

    In the recording, she can be heard screaming and crying in the background while Jovicic confronts her.

    Meanwhile, the call from her cellphone was initially sent to Stow police dispatchers, who relayed the call to Munroe Falls dispatchers. Because the call came from a cellphone and not a land line, dispatchers had no coordinating address to relay to officers.

    Officers were only able to obtain a general location of the call and not a specific address so the response was delayed by several minutes, Larson said.

    The 911 call shows it took about four minutes and 40 seconds before Berkey was able to pick up her cellphone and speak to the dispatcher. By this time, Jovicic was shot and officers, who heard the two gunshots while in the driveway, made it inside the home.

    “My God, he came over, he broke in and he was beating me up and I shot him,” Berkey said in her call as officers arrived.

    Larson said officers typically respond to addresses within one minute in 78 percent of the city’s 911 calls.

    It appears that a faster response by police may have prevented the shooting. Larson said the lack of an address “did not help.”

    “That’s why we want to have people understand when you call 911 on a cellphone, it doesn’t necessarily go to the right dispatcher,” he said.

    Munroe Falls Mayor Frank Larson says does not appear that Berkey will be charged. Larson is quoted as saying Berkey “did what she had to do.”

    “Everybody has a right to defend themselves,” he said. “Nobody has the right to attack another person.”

    Under Ohio's Castle Doctrine law, if someone unlawfully enters or attempts to enter an occupied home or temporary habitation, or occupied car, citizens have an initial presumption that they may act in self defense, and will not be second-guessed by the State.

    Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.

     

     

     



  • 2014 is a transformative year for BFA PAC
    by Jim Irvine

    2014 was a transformative year for Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA) and BFA PAC. We incorporated BFA and the PAC returned to a corporate-sponsored PAC. This will move most of the day-to-day expenses under a corporate umbrella, and transition the PAC to focus on political issues.

    With the restructuring, both BFA and BFA PAC will be better able to focus on their core missions. BFA has considerably more expenses, but with members and other sources of income, that is going well. The PAC is still needed to make political contributions, which were almost $10,000 last year.

    BFA PAC ended the year with almost $24,000 in cash, $5,000 in a CD, and one outstanding loan for $15,000 that is owed to it. The loan is to BFA for start up costs and will start to be repaid during 2015.

    The PAC is in a strong position, but obviously will need significant income to continue to make similar (and hopefully larger) contributions going forward. This is critical to a PAC’s influence.

    Going forward we expect a decline in overall income and expenses for the PAC. The smaller donations will hopefully allow for steady political donations. We are working on finding an appropriate event that can serve as a good fundraiser for the PAC.

    For the year ending 2014, there were 925 donations, averaging $31.60 and totaling $29,243. Over $20,000 of the income was from a Dave Grossman event.

    Below is a breakdown of income and expenses. Numbers are rounded.

    Income:

    $20,232 – Lt. Col. Dave Grossman event

    $1,768 – 346 donations of less than $10

    $2,700 - 270 donations of $10

    $1763 – 77 donations of $11 to $25 

    $953 – 19 donations for $26 to $99 

    $1,827 – 12 donations for $100 or more 

    Total income = $29,243

    Expenses:

    $8,950 Grossman related expenses

    $9,750 Political donations 

    $3,560 Iowa campaign expenses (control of the U.S. Senate)

    $3,290 Print voter guides

    $2,786 Survey and marketing services 

    $623 Business cards and office supplies 

    $523 Propay 

    $331 Paypal

    $488 Parking and admission and expenses for volunteers at the state fair

    $437 Postage 

    $78 Parking fees 

    $67 Bank fees

    $285 Other

    Total expenses $32,000

    We thank all those who have supported BFA PAC over the years. That support has enabled us to influence elections, which has allowed us to improve the legislature, which has passed legislation that improves our lives.

    On March 23, 2015 HB 234 will take effect, with many changes beneficial to gun owners. As you enjoy those restored freedoms, remember that you bought those improvements with your sweat equity and donations over the years. Your continued support will enable us to continue improving our laws, in Ohio and across the country.

    Jim Irvine is the Buckeye Firearms Association Chairman, BFA PAC Chairman and recipient of the NRA-ILA's 2011 "Jay M. Littlefield Volunteer of the Year Award" and the CCRKBA's 2012 "Gun Rights Defender of the Year Award."



  • BATFE Director’s Comments Show Fight Isn’t Over; Ohio AG DeWine signs letter condemning potential ammo ban

    Editor's Note: Days after this article was written, news came that B. Todd Jones has resigned as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), ending what has been a tumultuous tenure as the agency head since July 2013. Given the Obama administration's record of pursuing a gun control agenda though the BATFE, there can be no doubt that the fight is NOT over - whether or not it is Mr. Jones doing the president's bidding.

    Only two days after NRA and our members forced the Obama administration to table its ban on M855-type ammunition, BATFE gave gun owners notice that the battle over popular AR-15 ammunition isn’t over.  On Thursday [March 12], BATFE Director B. Todd Jones testified before a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, during which he alluded to BATFE’s continuing interest in reevaluating the legal status of a broad range of common ammunition.

    In a leading question, the reliably anti-gun Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) asked the BATFE director, why the agency reviewed the status of M855 and other steel-component bullets. Jones’s response included this ominous assertion: “But as we see more and more of the firearms that could be classified as pistols, being able to use not just this M855 round, but any 5.56 round, it's a challenge for officer safety, public safety” (emphasis added).

    Jones’s remarks suggest that it isn’t just M855-type ammunition that is on BATFE’s regulatory radar, but all 5.56-caliber ammunition. These comments could also signal that the administration would like to use innovation in the firearms industry as justification for an ever-widening ammunition ban.

    Jones’ contention that .223 or 5.56-caliber ammunition fired from pistols poses a “challenge for officer safety” is not borne out by the facts. For 38 years, the FBI has compiled nationwide data on the characteristics of firearms used in fatal attacks on law enforcement officers acting in the line of duty. These data fail to document even a single instance in which a perpetrator killed an officer using a .223-caliber handgun. Contrary to the false statements of various gun proponents, moreover, .223 caliber handguns – including semiautomatics and derringers – have been commercially available since at least the early 1980s. As the Executive Director of the National Legislative Office of the Fraternal Order of Police recently stated, “Any ammunition is of concern to police in the wrong hands, but this specific round [i.e., M855] has historically not posed a law enforcement problem.

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With favorable numbers of pro-gun senators and representatives in Congress, gun controllers have been reduced to using regulatory agencies to bypass lawmakers with contorted interpretations of existing statutes in order to pursue their federal agenda. In the remaining years of the Obama administration it is important that gun owners remain alert and mobilized to meet all attacks of this type. As the BATFE made clear with its initial framework for reclassifying M855-type ammunition, and again on Thursday, the Obama administration has every intention of pushing federal law to – and past – its limits in order to curb gun rights.

    © 2015 National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action. This may be reproduced. This may not be reproduced for commercial purposes.


    Following is a letter signed by 23 state attorneys general, including our own Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R), objecting to the proposed ammo ban:

    State Attorneys General

    A Communication from the Chief Legal Officers of the Following States and Territories:

    Alabama * Arizona * Arkansas * Florida * Georgia * Idaho * Kansas * Kentucky * Louisiana * Michigan * Mississippi * Montana * Nebraska * Nevada * North Dakota * Ohio * Oklahoma * Pennsylvania * South Carolina * South Dakota * Texas * Utah * Wyoming

    March 16, 2015

    Hon. B. Todd Jones, Director
    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
    99 New York Avenue, NE
    Washington, DC 20226

    Re: AP Ammunition Comments

    Dear Director Jones:

    We, the undersigned state attorneys general of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, are writing to you regarding the “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 specifically ATF’s proposal to ban the M855 5.56 x 45 mm cartridge. We applaud your recent decision not to issue a final framework on this proposal, at least for now, and we strongly encourage you not to revive it.

    We represent our respective states as each state’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, and in that role we directly oversee or work directly with numerous federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies. We, as much as anyone, want to do the utmost to ensure that our brave men and women that serve in law enforcement are safe. The proposed ATF ban on M855 5.56 ammunition, however, does not advance that goal. Instead, it threatens Second Amendment freedoms and deprives shooting sports enthusiasts of a popular cartridge for a popular rifle.

    As an initial matter, ATF’s justification for proposing the ban is arbitrary and, if followed to its logical end, could be used to ban a wide range of rifle ammunition. As we are sure you are aware, just about any rifle round could theoretically pierce soft body armor under certain conditions. The M855 is not unique in this regard. And although concealable hand guns can technically be chambered in these rounds (even if very rarely), that is an insufficient reason to ban ammunition absent actual evidence that it poses a particular threat to law enforcement.

    As law enforcement organizations such as the Fraternal Order of Police have recently described, the 5.56 M855 cartridge does not pose a particular threat to law enforcement. Indeed, we are aware of no examples in our states in which this round has been used against law enforcement in a concealed weapon.

    Rather, the 5.56 cartridge (including the M855 variety) is used in the Modern Sporting Rifle (or AR-15) and is one of the most popular target shooting rounds on the market. It is also an effective round that ranchers and other land owners use to protect their land and livestock from predators and varmints. These are legal and productive business and sporting purposes of the 5.56 M855 cartridge that the Second Amendment protects. ATF’s decision to ban it would, simply put, be an abuse of its authority.

    We strongly encourage you to reject this ill-advised proposal and uphold the Second Amendment rights of our citizens.

    Jim Hood, Mississippi Attorney General
    Tim Fox, Montana Attorney General
    Luther Strange, Alabama Attorney General
    Mark Brnovich, Arizona Attorney General
    Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas Attorney General
    Pamela Jo Bondi, Florida Attorney General
    Samuel S. Olens, Georgia Attorney General
    Lawrence Wasden, Idaho Attorney General
    Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General
    Jack Conway, Kentucky Attorney General
    James “Buddy” Caldwell, Louisiana Attorney General
    Bill Schuette, Michigan Attorney General
    Douglas Peterson, Nebraska Attorney General
    Adam Paul Laxalt, Nevada Attorney General
    Wayne Stenehjem, North Dakota Attorney General
    Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General
    Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General
    Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania Attorney General
    Alan Wilson, South Carolina Attorney General
    Marty J. Jackley, South Dakota Attorney General
    Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General
    Sean Reyes, Utah Attorney General
    Peter Michael, Wyoming Attorney General



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