Email ATF by 12/31
The federal government is considering a dangerous exemption to more regulation and control of bullets that can pierce armor, under the guise of giving people who hunt more rights. According to the Sunlight Foundation, there is no formal rulemaking process yet in place at the ATF on this matter, but that is no reason to not speak out against the proposed exemption.
Public comments are due by December 31, and I've emailed and snail mailed the interim head of the ATF. Please do the same.
This letter was sent to these addys: B.Todd.Jones@usdoj.gov and APAComments@atf.gov.
Feel free to cut and paste my text and use as your own note. Let the ATF know you want more restrictions on guns and ammo.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
99 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20226
Dear Mr. Jones,
I am responding to your request for public comments regarding ammunitions which may be used in a handgun and which are constructed entirely from one or a combination of tungsten, alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium, copper or depleted uranium.
You are asking whether these bullets pose a threat to public safety and law enforcement, or are, "primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes" and therefore may be exempted from classification as "armor piercing ammunition".
Yes, the bullets are without question a deadly menace and must be tightly controlled. I plead with you to NOT exempt armor piercing bullets from classification as such.
There is no rationale that would justify the BATFE allowing the sale of any handgun ammunition that can pierce body armor and endanger first responders and the general public.
America needs much more stringent regulation of such projectiles and I demand that you and the BATFE reject any effort to exempt such bullets on behalf of hunters. A prompt reply stating you've received this letter is requested.