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      house Committees
      House Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
    IntroducedApril 14th, 2017

What is it?

This bill — known as the ATF Wrongful Reclassification Act — would prevent the Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms (ATF) from reclassifying certain types of ammunition as being “armor piercing.” It would modify the U.S. Code so that ammunition could only be reclassified as armor piercing if the manufacturer designs and intends the ammo to be used in a handgun, rather than reclassification being allowed if ammunition “may be used in a handgun.” It would also change the portion of the code allowing handgun ammo to be banned unless it’s for “sporting purposes” to “lawful purposes.”

Impact

Buyers of ammunition that would be subject to the ATF’s armor piercing ban; and the ATF.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthThis bill was introduced in response to actions the ATF considered taking during the Obama administration related to M855 ammunition, which is commonly used in AR-15 rifles but can also be used in AR-15 pistols. 

In 1986, M855 rounds were exempted from the armor piercing ammunition ban that applies to handguns, but in February 2015 the ATF released a proposed regulatory framework that would ban the rounds. The ATF ended the process in March 2015 after 80,000 public comments were received, “the vast majority of the comments received to date were critical of the framework.”

This legislation has the support of three Republican cosponsors in the House.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: U.S. Government / Public Domain)

AKA

ATF Wrongful Reclassification Act

Official Title

To prevent the reclassification of certain ammunition as armor piercing ammunition.

    The ATF (and every OTHER Federal bureaucracy) should be prohibited from "reclassifying" any damn thing. Laws are solely the province of Congress. The ATF should be prohibited, unless it's the name of a new chain of stores.
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    Why does any law abiding citizen need armor piercing ammunition. Get real. If it’s armor piercing it’s armor piercing. It doesn’t matter what you fire it from.
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    There is no reason for anyone to own armor-piercing rounds whether they’re using a rifle or a handgun. This legislation is absurd and a danger to public safety!
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    I am ashamed that representatives of Pennsylvania sponsored this bill. If a bullet is armor piercing what difference does it make whether said bullet is fired from a hand gun or a rifle? Finally, why does anyone need to purchase armor piercing bullets?
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    Government shouldn't be allowed to prohibit anything, government needs to be prohibited from doing things, not vice versa.
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    You could have stopped at ‘should the ATF be prevented’. The answer is yes.
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    Are you kidding me with this? Unless you plan on shooting cops or soldiers on the battlefield, YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY REASON TO POSESS AP ROUNDS. Period.
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    It shouldn’t matter what type of gun is used, armor piercing is armor piercing. Why should civilians be allowed to shoot armor piercing ammunition from any kind of gun.
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    Read the Second Amendment! A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
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    While I believe that this issue is related to our 2nd Amendment rights, I do not believe there is a use for armor piercing ammunition in a civilized society. If we need armor piercing ammo in the case of protecting ourselves from the government, I’m sure that this legislation will not matter. We will make armor piercing ammo regardless of legislation in that situation.
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    The original purpose of armor piercing ammo was to kill our enemy during wars/battles. The only purpose for it in civilian life would be to kill police. Just like assault weapons, there is no need of this ammo to kill a deer or bear. Regardless of weapon used, say NAY!
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    Shall. Not. Be. Infringed.
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    Shall not be infringed
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    Only congress should be able to make laws governing the people, not an unaccountable agency.
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    Armor-piercing is armor-piercing. Get the NRA out of our legislation. (Author of the bill has an A+ rating from the NRA. Can’t imagine why.)
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    Armor piercing rounds have nothing to do with the right to bear arms. There is absolutely no reason for a civilian to need or use an armor piercing round and it poses a huge threat to our first responders.
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    Can it pierce armor? Then it’s armor-piercing. It doesn’t matter what make and model of murder weapon spits it out.
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    Any ammunition that can pierce body armor, regardless of what it is fired from, should be classified as armor piercing. Differentiation should not be made.
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    We need to abolish the AFT. All gun laws are infringement of my second amendment right. The ATF should have clear guidelines for regulating armor piercing ammunition which this bill would provide, and ATF shouldn’t ban ammo that’s commonly used in rifles just because it can also be used in pistols.
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    Yes , the ATF has infringed on our 2nd Amendment rights far to much. Hard restraints need to be put in place on the ATF. #MAGA
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