The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is considering a ban on armor-piercing "green tip" bullets that are fired from AR-15 type rifles and handguns.
Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, attacked President Barack Obama over the proposed ban last night on the Fox Business Network program "Lou Dobbs Tonight."
LaPierre claimed Obama is acting like a "dictator" and opposes Americans having the right to bear arms, noted The Daily Caller (video below).
LaPierre was asked why there has not been more outcry about the proposed ban, and replied, “Well, probably because the media doesn’t want the American public to know what this president is trying to impose on them."
In reality, the proposed ammo ban has been covered extensively in the media.
LaPierre also stated:
(President Obama is) grasping for straws, he hates the Second Amendment, he hates the fact Americans have a constitutional right to own firearms. He can’t win at the ballot box, he can’t win in the Congress, and now he’s trying to act like a dictator and planning on forcing this ammo ban on the American public by executive regulation.
Snopes.com recently debunked the claim the president is using executive order or action to ban the ammunition.
LaPierre also claimed that if 5.56 "green tip" bullets are banned then all bullets will be banned "because all of them pierce soft body armor."
If that claim were true, there would be no reason for officers to wear body armor in the first place. There are different types of body armor that do absorb the impact of bullets and save lives.
WTOP notes the new proposed new rule would not affect ammunition where the "bullet’s core does not contain particular types of metal, including steel, iron or brass..."
LaPierre didn't mention what the bullets were made of, but rather compared sizes on a chart.
The Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act of 1985, signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, bans armor-piercing bullets, except for rifles used for sporting purposes. That loophole has allowed ammunition to be sold for AR-15 type rifles.
According to UPI, in recent years, an AR type handgun has been marketed, which uses the same ammo, 5.56 mm, as the AR-15 rifle. If the gun industry had not created the AR handgun there would not be a proposed ban on the ammunition.
Business Insider reported in 2013 how the NRA makes millions of dollars by representing the financial interests of gun makers.