Why does the American sportsman—or any private citizen—need armor-piercing bullets that can be fired from handguns?
The federal government has proposed a ban on the manufacture and sale of popular armor-piercing bullets.
The response of many gun owners was to rush to gun shops and buy up the stocks of this ammo still legally on the shelves.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives plans to shut off the supply of armor-piercing 5.56 mm “M855 green tip” bullets—previously used only for rifles—because new handguns on the market also can fire these bullets. Millions of these inexpensive cartridges have been purchased annually.
The new handgun threat to law enforcement personnel wearing “bullet-proof” vests was all too obvious.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation—it’s a firearms industry trade association—opposes the proposed ban. The NRA described the restriction as “dismantling of the Second Amendment.”
There are plenty of other kinds of bullets available for use by rifle owners who like hunting and target shooting.
Why does the American sportsman—or any private citizen—need armor-piercing bullets that can be fired from handguns that are aimed at police or aimed at anything else?
Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2015