The law enforcement community is soundly rejecting claims by the Obama administration that an AR-15 ammunition ban would protect the lives of American police officers.
Earlier this week, the White House argued that an ATF ban on steel-tipped M855 ammo, used primarily by sports shooters, would be a “common-sense step” towards increased officer safety due to the projectile’s ability to pierce police body armor.
“We are looking at additional ways to protect our brave men and women in law enforcement, and believe that this process is valuable for that reason alone,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reportersMonday.
Despite the ammunition failing to fit the official definition of “armor piercing” under 18 U.S.C. 921 (a)(17)(B), the Obama administration has continued to move forward with the controversial proposal.
“This seems to be an area where everyone should agree that if there are armor-piercing bullets available that can fit into easily concealed weapons, that it puts our law enforcement at considerably more risk,” Earnest added.