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5.45×39 7N6 ammunition

NRA-ILA

NRA – ILA

Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- On Monday April 7th 2014, BATFE issued a “special advisory” indicating the agency’s official position on 5.45×39 7N6 ammunition.

The advisory states that “the ammunition is ‘armor piercing’ under [federal law] and is therefore not importable.”  We previously reported on our efforts to determine BATFE’s official position on this issue.

Notably absent from the advisory is any mention of the “sporting purposes” exemption provided for in the federal armor piercing ammunition law.  The law gives the Attorney General discretion to exempt certain projectiles from being considered armor piercing ammunition.  This exemption already applies to 5.56×45 M855 and .30-06 M2AP ammunition.  NRA has repeatedly encouraged BATFE to rule that projectiles originally made for rifles and any projectile not designed and intended to penetrate armor when fired from a handgun are exempt from the federal armor piercing ammunition law.  Just last year, we sent comments to BATFE that explained how Congress intended for the armor piercing ammunition law to cover a very limited class of projectiles and provided BATFE with guidance on granting “sporting purposes” exemptions to projectiles.

NRA is also working with members of Congress to get more answers from BATFE on how the agency determines if a projectile is “armor piercing ammunition.”  The efforts include inquiries as to whether BATFE considers 7N6 ammunition, which has been widely used as an affordable alternative for target shooting and rifle training, a candidate for a “sporting purposes” exemption.  Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), and Howard Coble (R-N.C.) have already sent a letter to BATFE  Director B. Todd Jones encouraging him to act on other outstanding petitions for “sporting purposes” exemptions.

We again encourage you to contact your representatives in Congress and ask them to urge BATFE to reconsider its classification of 7N6 as armor piercing ammunition or to grant 7N6 a “sporting purposes” exemption, as it has been imported and safely used for lawful purposes for many years. You can reach your member of Congress by calling 202-225-3121, or by using the Write Your Lawmakers” tool at www.NRAILA.org.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

  • 2 User comments to “BATFE Publicly Confirms Administration’s Ammunition Import Ban”

    1. Dave peterson on April 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM said:

      Did you explain why they consider it “armor-piercing”?

    2. Jeffie on May 13, 2014 at 10:12 PM said:

      This ban has nothing to do with protecting law enforcement in the U.S.A. and everything to do with putting sanctions on Russia for taking part of the Ukraine. The last thing Obama wants is to be seen supporting the Russian Mil Defense Complex, and allowing Americans to buy Russian ammo.

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