ATF Calls For Comments on Ban of Sporting Purposes Projectiles (AR Ammo)

5.56 mm 62 gr NATO Green Tip Ammo
5.56 mm 62 gr NATO Green Tip Ammo
Orchid Advisors
Orchid Advisors

Hartford, CT –-(  Orchid Advisors has received notice that the ATF has posted for 30 day comment period its “Framework for Sporting Purposes of Projectiles.

The following is taken directly from the document which can be found on the ATF’s website. Comments are due by March 16, 2015.


To protect the lives and safety of law enforcement officers from the threat posed by ammunition capable of penetrating a protective vest when fired from a handgun, the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), as amended, prohibits the import, manufacture, and distribution of “armor piercing ammunition” as defined by the statute. The GCA, however, allows for the exemption of ammunition that would otherwise be considered armor piercing if the Attorney General determines that the specific ammunition at issue is “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.” Interpreting the meaning of this statutory language, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has developed a framework that will apply to requests seeking a determination that certain projectiles qualify for this “sporting purpose” exemption. The framework is intended to uphold the requirements of the statute and its goal of protecting law enforcement while respecting the interests of sportsmen and the industry. This notice is provided to ensure that the regulated industry and members of the public understand the statute and relevant legislative history, and have an opportunity to review and provide comments or suggestions on the proposed framework. It is important to note that only projectiles that meet the statutory definition of “armor piercing” – i.e., those made out of the specific listed materials that may be used in a handgun – are subject to the statutory restrictions. As a result, manufacturers are, and will continue to be, free to manufacture projectiles from non-restricted materials, completely independent of the application of this framework or any exemptions. ATF will accept comments for 30 days from the date this notification, which will be considered prior to finalizing the framework.”

Orchid Advisors is pleased to deliver this information to the industry and will provide addition detail as necessary. More information can be found on the Orchid Advisors website.

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Paul Hillar

Some may not know (CORY) that .223 IS a pistol round if chambered as such. Just like MANY other rounds generally used in rifles they too can be used in HANDGUNS! Thompson Contender and AR. So yes it can be a HANDGUN round! Any confiscation of ammo or firearms based on caliber or action is B.S.! If you don’t like firearms fine but don’t tell me what I can and can’t have based on your FEELINGS! Lets not forget handgun rounds used in carbines! Like the AR .45 and 9mm that are becoming very popular! So yes they are versatile… Read more »


Please leave our 2nd. amendment rights alone .. ammo for a .223 isn’t much more than a target piece, if you do this 22 will be next, then .06, and etc..

If we were to follow Switzerland’s lead and require all to be knowledgeable and carry our crime rate would go down, and we would be a safer Nation, with all the Terrorist you are allowing to come in.

Keep your hands off our Ammo & Guns!

2A guy

The WH is trying every way to chip away at every Constitutional Right we have from our God-given Freedom of Speech to the Freedom to Worship any way we choose. Already Muslims like him have more rights than anyone else. Now this Lace City ammo, once freely available under our Second Amendment is being limited and now regulated. It is hardly any different than most any other 5.56mm ammo, it just looks different to liberal politicians that want to ban it. I’ve used XM193 as well in my T/C Contender and it only shoots .223 only, not 5.56mm.


Tyranny knows no bounds! I have to agree with a local militia… We should line up and give it too them!

Joshua Nash

This is ridiculous. I have been a LEO for going on seven years. This ammunition is the least of my worries. The problem we have is the gun laws that are active now, yet not being enforced as tough as they should be. Innocent people have the right to protect themselves and the 2nd Amendment says they can do it with a firearm. It does not restrict the type of ammunition in which can be used. If more people were properly trained with firearms and were comfortable having them for protection, we would have fewer victims of violent crimes.


Let them ban them. Then thousands of us will have a legal standing to have “sporting purpose” found unconstitutional.The peckerheads in the government won’t protect our rights, so we must force them through the courts.

Cory Wade

.223 or 5.56 ammo is clearly a rifle cartridge, not handgun ammo. The only thing I can see that you could do is ban the use of this ammo in ar15 pistols and make punishment severe if caught.


the ammo is not the problem.the outlaws are the issue if the atf and grovment would stricter laws on the outlaws doing wrong in the country some of this would stop.and if you would make the law that all law bidding people could carry a gun any where most of these shooting would stop.

Clint a james

let only congress make laws ! When you took your jobs to be BATF agents it was to up hold the constitution and to enforce laws that CONGRESS made law not the BATF you should stand with the American people stand with us not against us one nation under god undivided but United we are your brothers and sisters your family please be faithful to your country

Glenn Britland

The rules that are in place right now are already an excessive burden on the rights of the people. Restricting any further will not bring any additional benefit to law enforcement.