100-Plus Lawmakers Sign Letter Opposing AR-15 Ammo Ban

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte is writing a letter to ATF director B. Todd Jones to heavily criticize and oppose the agency’s recent attempt to “reclassify” — or let’s face facts BAN! — widely popular AR-15 ammunition.

In an interview with Fox News, Goodlatte spoke about who is behind the ban on M855 green tips, the letter and the support it has received from fellow lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

“The president has tried to ban this rifle [AR-15], but Congress has refused,” Goodlatte said Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File.”

“Now it appears he’s taking his pen and cell phone and, through the ATF, is trying to ban the second most popular ammunition that is used in that rifle,” the Virginia Republican continued.

Goodlatte will send out the letter to Jones and the president next week. By then, he’ll have more than 100 signatures on the letter from both Democrats and Republicans.

Meanwhile, the Dept. of Justice rejected the implication that this is a gun-control scheme by the president and downplayed concerns from pro-gun lawmakers and the firearms community.

“The law explicitly authorizes the Attorney General to exempt ammunition ‘primarily intended for sporting purposes,'” said DOJ spokesman Patrick Rosenbush in a statement.

“No action has been taken –ATF is simply proposing, and requesting public comment on, a framework to enforce the law that Congress passed and provide guidance for the industry through a transparent process for making exemption decisions,” it continued.

However, Goodlatte isn’t buying the DOJ’s reasoning, nor is he convinced that the public will get its say in the matter.

“They’re doing it in a way that appears to violate the Administrative Procedures Act. They’re not doing it out in the open in a public process. So we’re concerned,” he told Fox News.

“And there is no assurance that when these public comments are made that those comments will be made public,” he added. “So it’s not, in our opinion, the proper way to go about doing this. It’s a bad idea to begin with. They’re not following the law.”

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Eric March 8, 2015, 8:50 am

    I believe what would stop a lot of this ridiculism in the white house is for all of us to ban together and demand that EVERY LAW that someone attempts to pass into action, which affects the public, without the VOTE of that public, should be counted as a criminal act, punishable by imprisonment. There really is no excuse for this kind of behavior, and if we don’t do something about this underlying problem, how can the government be expected to ever be the least bit moral?

    • mike ehrig February 12, 2017, 11:46 am

      youve got my vote. representative government can go so far and then it seems to go way overboard. weve reached a point where the citizenry may have to vote on every little thing to be decided. we are electing too many “big brothers” who are sure they know whats best for us regardless of what we really want.

  • comicwatcher March 5, 2015, 2:16 am

    Banning AR-15 ammo might be a good thing. All AR-15 owners are stocking up on ammo and when Muhammad Obama and his ISIS buddies try to take over, they are going to be in for one hell of a surprise. God bless America and the NRA.

  • Russ March 4, 2015, 9:21 pm

    Don’t worry folks.
    Soon as they ban ammo and rifles as we know them, the entrepreneurial Americans will come up with firearms that shoot ice, or electric guns that shoot chopped rods of high tech metal wire composites.
    Maybe they will come up with deadly potato and other projectile air guns.
    Nobody can stop bad guys but good guys.
    It’s human nature to have this yin and yang thing to go on forever.
    Get used to it.

  • bill March 3, 2015, 6:18 am

    WELL. The Time Has Come. And It Is To Late For All Of Us. ??? Thay Have US. And Thay Will Not STOP. And We Will NOT Do Anything About It. ???? The Guy In The WHITE House, Is On A STRING. ??? And Having A Great Time, With It. So You had Better BY LOT”S Of AMMO. And More Gun’s. AND HIDE THEM. GOOD LUCK. ??? AND GOD BLESS, ALL THE VET”S.

  • Glenn Meyer March 2, 2015, 7:38 pm

    We ALL need to keep our eyes on this, these clowns aren’t going to stop here as We ALL know We have to Stay Strong and always be prepared.

  • Roy Jones March 2, 2015, 2:54 pm

    This is as dumb as trying to outlaw prostitution. Fight ISIS. What should I use the stock of my AR-15 or one of my old combat boots.


  • Gyrenegrunt March 2, 2015, 12:55 pm

    Tony you are 100% correct. So much for proof reading. Sorry about the mix up. The latter part of my comment still stands. I can only attribute my mix up to 9 straight days cabin fever and too much coffee. It ain’t suppose to be snowy and iced over in Texas. Global warming exists only in the minds of Lunatics.

    • steve March 2, 2015, 9:41 pm

      i don’t think you know what global warming/climate change is. weather is not the same as climate. also, if you consider 97% of climatologists to be lunatics, and republicans who are unaware of the evidence to be the sane ones, i would re-examine your criteria for evaluating another person’s sanity.

  • Ed G. March 2, 2015, 11:51 am

    I agree with John L. Contact your senators and congressmen often and follow up on how they convey our messages and thoughts. If we don’t stay on top of this then shame on us for sitting back and hoping we will be able to use our firearms when we want to. And if for know other reason a lot of us have kids to think about. I don’t want to be telling my grand kids about how we use to load up the truck and go shooting on the weekends.

  • Gyrenegrunt March 2, 2015, 10:12 am

    Green tip ammo was designed for the SAW to stabilize the round because of the high rate of fire. Black tip ammo is for punching through armor. Green tip has a tungsten tip for stabilizing and a lead core. Black tip has a steel penetrating rod encapsulated in a copper jacket. Regulations and policies are not law. My policies and my regulations are the Bill of Rights and The Constitution. I suggest that you all learn basic rule that many military and former military live by. ADAPT and OVERCOME. Nuff Said.

    • shootbrownelk March 2, 2015, 11:37 am

      Right you are GG, the dipsticks in the O’bummer administration and the BATFE and DOJ don’t even want to ban the correct ammo. Just goes to show how stupid the people in this administration are. Especially Eric (fast and furious) Holder.

    • Tony March 2, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Black tip has the tungsten, Green has the steel

  • Gyrenegrunt March 2, 2015, 10:08 am

    Green tip ammo was designed for the SAW to stabilize the round because of the high rate of fire. Black tip ammo is for punching through armor. Green tip has a tungsten tip for stabilizing and a lead core. Black tip has a steel penetrating rod encapsulated in a copper jacket. Regulations and policies are not law. My policies and my regulations are the Bill of Rights and The Constitution. I suggest that you all learn basic rule that many military and former military live by. ADAPT and OVERCOME. Buff Said.

    • me March 2, 2015, 11:41 am

      Very close, you just have the metals swapped. Green tip M855 has the steel, Black Tip M995 is the AP round with the Tungsten.

  • Lawrence J.Simpkins March 2, 2015, 8:34 am

    Those phony pukes. I don’t know how those flakes, Obama included sleep at night.

  • James v March 2, 2015, 8:19 am

    I think the public should get a petition going on not to ban the guns and ammo I grew up shooting with my grandfather and dad shooting guns and deer hunting we shoot at a range in the back yard for fun godbless thank you

    • John L March 2, 2015, 10:11 am

      Petition? Screw that. Contact your 2 senators and your congressperson.Let them know how you feel. They work for us and are interested in keeping their jobs. If enough of us come forward this will die on the vine. If we are to apathetic to take action then shame on us.

      • Jeff McKevitt March 2, 2015, 11:06 am

        You may be mistaken about your senators and congressional reps.. They ALL seem to work for THEMSELVES. They are part of the problem and most of the time, if it wasn’t so sad, it would be funny how they are in it for themselves and don’t give a damn about you or me! They is no control of the Emperor Obama who is ruling the country with executive orders and illegally using the 3 letter agency’s as his personal Domestic Army!

    • TOMAHAWK March 3, 2015, 1:25 am
  • Ron March 2, 2015, 8:18 am

    Jf you can’t get the guns banned then banning the ammo is the next best thing. Without ammo an AR-15 is just a club.

    • Drilldog March 2, 2015, 9:34 am

      Get your facts straight. It’s NOT ALL 5.56 ammo! It’s the armor piercing rounds. They are spreading false rumors with loose descriptions of the facts to get people buying to the point where prices go through the roof making it harder for future generations to purchase it. Open your damn eyes and ears and do some research. Don’t just watch the news. This is the same exact thing that just happened with 22lr ammo. This is how they get you without having to pass a ban. Pay attention!!!

      • Will March 2, 2015, 9:44 am

        XM855 is not an AP round.

      • rappini March 2, 2015, 10:20 am

        I think what you’re referring to are those low information folks that don’t pay attention and voted for Barry Hussein Soeotoro the first and second time.

      • shootbrownelk March 2, 2015, 11:32 am

        Drilldog, darn near any sporting rifle ammo will penetrate a vest. If they ban green tip ammo, then a lot of others will follow. Pay attention to O’bummer and his pen and phone, he’s got 2 more years to inflict major damage. It won’t end with this particular ammo ban…this is just the beginning.

      • Joe McHugh March 4, 2015, 12:28 pm

        Hey Drilldog, you have the right mentality but obama is not after armor piercing rounds. His minions are after the general issue “Ball Ammunition” designated as M855 cartridges. They call those green tipped rounds, armor piercing, in an effort to justify their usual deceitful behavior. The M855 cartridge has a lead core with a small steel penetrator steel tip to perforate the enemy’s steel helmets. The M855 can pierce .12 inches of steel.

        The M995 black tipped cartridge is a true armor piercing round with a tungsten core that can penetrate .47 inches of armor, (almost a half inch of RHA light armor).
        Both types of bullets will kill a human being equally well when they pierce the forehead.

        As usual, the obama people are trying to make a normal, general issue AR15/M16A2 cartridge sound barbarous by falsely designating it as being designed to pierce armor. It’s simply a ploy to set up a method to eventually ban ALL rifle ammunition. “Oh my god, we just discovered that almost all rifle ammunition will penetrate bullet resistant vests!!!”
        The funny thing about all of this is the bureaucrat’s claim that one type of bullet is more dangerous than another. If I were to point a rifle, loaded with “friendly” green tipped ammunition, at their pointy tipped heads, I’m pretty sure that that would void in their pants and plead with me to not shoot.

  • MC Durden JR March 2, 2015, 8:06 am

    Enemy at the gates I was a Cop for 25+ years the only high power guns I every ran into on the streets were stolen from the ATF when three Juvenile’s stole an agents car we never got a straight answer from the ATF as to why he left them in the vehicle while parked at a motel ??? 3 mp5 2 handguns 1 high power rifle and 6 50cal ammo cans of 9mm all where recovered with in 24 hours with the help of over 250 local LE none of the federal LE wanted to work together to find the guns? so banning any ammo is a dumb ass move

  • Dan March 2, 2015, 6:54 am

    I guess its getting to the time we start using the ammo and we know who the enemy is don’t we
    Like the man said live free or die hard

  • James L Heaton March 2, 2015, 6:08 am


  • p. revard March 2, 2015, 5:52 am

    new book is due out “How to Ignore the Constitution” by The supreme leader.

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