BATFE to Ban Popular 5.56 rifle Ammo Variant by Reclassifying it as “Armor Piercing Pistol Ammunition”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
By Paul Martin
FEBRUARY 24, 2015

(Stephen Gutowski) The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has announced its intention to ban the manufacture and sale of a popular type of ammunition used in AR-15 rifles.

On Feb. 13, the ATF issued a notice of its intention to reclassify the M855 round, also known as “green tip” 5.56, as “armor-piercing ammunition” and, therefore, illegal under the Gun Control Act of 1968 and Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act of 1986. The laws ban handgun ammunition that contains certain materials. Rounds designed to be fired from rifles, such as the “green tip” 5.56, have been exempt from these laws for decades.

The ATF has decided the availability of AR-15 variants it classifies as pistols means the “green tip” 5.56 is now handgun ammunition. It used the same justification to ban the importation of 7N6 5.45×39, a round often used in AK-47 style rifles, in April of last year.

The “green tip” variant of 5.56 is one of the most widely available types of ammunition. Shooting enthusiasts and hunters prefer the round in long-distance situations.

News of the banishment of the popular round sparked backlash.

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