Civil Rights Group Letter To BATF Chief Blasts Proposed Ammo Ban

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Civil Rights Group Letter To BATF Chief Blasts Proposed Ammo Ban

BELLEVUE, WA – -( The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has sent a blistering letter to B. Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, opposing the Obama administration’s proposed ban on M855 ammunition for modern sport-utility rifles.

CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb told Jones in the letter that after hearing from thousands of members, he cannot blame them for being “concerned” and “furious” over the proposed Ammo Ban, first made public on Feb. 13 2015. If adopted, the ban would affect perhaps the most popular commercially-available ammunition for modern semi-auto rifles owned by millions of American citizens. A copy of the letter may be read below.

“The ammunition in question, M855 ball for the 5.56mm/.223 Remington modern sport-utility rifle, provides an affordable option for AR-15 owners to practice, compete, hunt varmints and control predators,” Gottlieb wrote. “The argument that there is no ‘sporting purpose’ for this ammunition is at best specious. It is the most popular ammunition for the most popular rifle in America today.

“There does not appear to have ever been a single use of this ammunition in one of the handguns chambered for the .223 Remington to injure or kill a law enforcement officer wearing soft body armor,” he added. “This proposed ban on the M855 seems like an answer to a problem that does not exist.”

Gottlieb cautioned Jones that CCRKBA members “are seriously concerned that such an administrative maneuver could easily be used again to ban other types of common rifle ammunition, all of which we both know is capable of penetrating Kevlar and similar bullet resistant vests, which were designed to stop handgun bullets.” He assured Jones that CCRKBA members “have a long tradition of support for law enforcement.”

“However,” he concluded, “I must concur with those members that the proposal appears to be a camel’s-nose-under-the-tent effort that, if successful, could easily be abused to place even more restrictions on other rifle ammunition in the future.”

Civil Rights Group Letter To BATF Chief Blasts Proposed Ammo Ban

With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the Internet at or by email to

  • 5 thoughts on “Civil Rights Group Letter To BATF Chief Blasts Proposed Ammo Ban

    1. This is causing a shortage and prices are ridiculous. I hope this does not make
      people think about robbing small police departments, national guard
      armories, or any of the multitudinous ‘security forces’ that many
      government agencies have! They are very thinly staffed after about 6PM
      each night, it really makes me worry!

    2. Letters are good. Bury the bat-goons and spineless legislators with feedback. Laws with Teeth that criminalize regulatory over-reach , and cut off the FUNDING will be needed to restrain further abuse.

    3. this presidents overreach is going too far where are the republicanson this that we put in office they seem to forget they work for us the constitution was ment to work for people that were reasonable god fearing people and respected each other and our allies this nation is gone in the wrong direction two more years of this guy and were done they want to ban these then they will start with other calibers if they get there way this can not be permitted to happen if this gets started it will not stop until things turn into complete anarchay iam life member of the nra always will be these people in Washington all have to go I will defend my flag and country till death they will not take me or people like me like the words of my president Charlton heston they will have to take my guns and bullets from my cold dead hands

    4. After listening to the .223 ammunition news I have not heard one key component brought up …The gun confiscation team is saying that since .223 may be used in a “pistol” that it is capable of penetrating a vest …it should be banned …( disregarding the facts that most rifle cartridges would do so and other pertinent but ignored concepts ) …but …no one seems to be bringing up the fact that the 855 ammunition is made for a rifle with a barrel that is at least 16 inches long …the powder will burn ..for most of the barrel length …a pistol round has to burn for a much shorter length barrel …so when fired from a shot barrel a .223 ( which is a very light projectile ) will be moving a lot slower ( a lot of the powder burning outside the barrel) and will probably not penetrate like the rifle fired round …this whole thing is smoke and mirrors …and unnecessary …even if the “law” required it …

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