On Monday, the White House by the way of a press secretary said that President Obama supports the ATF’s attempt to ban M855-type AR-15 ammunition. This ban is following a failed attempt to ban the actual firearm itself. A part of the statement included this tasty bit: “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.” This furthers our argument that the White House is out of touch with what Americans need and want to preserve our culture and our rights.
As if to prove my point, hundreds of Congressman signed a letter to the ATF opposing the ban. The M855 round is popular for cost, availability, and performance. Again, this is a pretty clear attempt to prevent use of one of the most popular rifles in America. Police across America joined Congress in this effort of opposing the ban. The Fraternal Order of Police, the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, issued a statement explaining that the M855 is used mostly for target practice, and “is not typically used against law enforcement…While this round will penetrate soft body armor, it has not historically posed a threat to law enforcement.” The Obama administration has hidden behind the excuse of protecting law enforcement, this reason is not supported by the police themselves.
In other national news, multiple states have now advanced “Constitutional Carry” in their state legislative sessions. The Kansas, New Hampshire, and West Virginia have all passed constitutional carry measures through their state senates. This continues the trend of the last few years that pro-gun legislation is gaining momentum at the state level. While some anti-gun laws have passed, the pro-gun legislation is fast outpacing the anti-gun measures.
A couple in Nevada this week was denied the opportunity to be foster parents because of the fact that they carry firearms. They of course are legal gun owners in the state of Nevada. State regulation currently prohibits the carrying of firearms while acting as a foster parent. Valerie and Brian Wilson have testified for a new Nevada bill that would negate this regulation and allow couples that want to adopt to do so with their constitutional rights intact. The bill has not been advanced by the state Assembly’s Judiciary Committee thus far.
Finally this week, we have a story for you of why magazine capacity matters. Most defensive gun uses that we report to you on this show consist of just a few rounds fired, if any at all. This week, however a Georgia homeowner reportedly exchanged 30-40 shots with a home invader. A man in Fulton County had burglars kick in his front door, after which neighbors say he exchanged around 40 shots with the invaders. A man shot multiple times was found in the woods near the site of the shooting. That man is in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital. If there had been some ridiculous magazine capacity limit in place, this tory may have turned out differently.