The ATF is considering banning AR-15 ammunition, which is causing Americans to go on a spending spree for these types of bullets.
This armor-piercing ammunition, also used by the U.S. military, has been available to the general public since 1986.
The ATF is concerned that steel-tipped 5.56 mm rounds pose a threat to law enforcement because the bullets can pierce Kevlar, the substance that is used for bulletproof vests worn by cops, noted WREG.
However, pro-gun advocates claim they need steel-tipped bullets for target practice.
"Doing this is not advancing public safety," Lawrence Keane, of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, told The New York Times. "You are talking about millions and millions and millions of rounds of ammunition that is used every year by law-abiding citizens for target shooting."
This type of ammunition has been allowed under law for "sporting purposes" because it could only be fired from rifles, but the ATF is worried about these same bullets being used in a new type of semiautomatic pistol.
Regardless of the safety reasons, gun owners are snapping up the deadly bullets.
Ryan Cook, of the Eagle Armory in Springfield, Missouri, told the Springfield News-Leader, "We sold out of what we had in stock. We didn't have a lot in the store but I might have sold four or five cases after ATF's statement came out. I called our suppliers but they said there was none available to order. It's like the ammo shortage before. People are going to panic."
Sources: The New York Times, Springfield News-Leader, WREG
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