Before losing your mind on the attempts of the wannabe ‘Gun Show Millionaires’ let’s try to actually do something worthwhile Mad Duo
First, let’s address the issue of price gouging and panic buying when it comes to the BATFE’s latest tomfuckery.
Price gouging – it’s really only price gouging if lots of retailers/distributors are doing it. In simplest terms, without buyers (i.e. shooters or some other consumer) there’s no market. Don’t get sucked into the sort of fuckery Cheaper Than Dirt and similar merchants perpetrate. Spend your money on a company with a proven track record of good customer service and common-sense business practices. It isn’t illegal to be the business equivalent of a douchebag, but it should be reflected in your clientele. This is why we buy from the places we do (if you want a list of where we “shop”, let us know in the comment section). Don’t pay exorbitant prices unless there is legitimately no other choice (which is rarely the case).
Panic buying – don’t be a dumbass. First of all, you should already have at least a little “buffer ammo” socked away, though for some folks without a place to store it or the expendable income to stash some away that can be problematic. If we’ve learned anything about the myriad of previous panics, it should be to stock up when you need it before the next one hits. Use your head, gang; common sense should not be an uncommon virtue. More to the point,
“Let me just say this… If you didn’t need M855/SS109 ammo two days ago, you probably don’t need it today. You should already have ammo on hand for whatever you may think you need it for. Stop with the panic buying and driving prices up. Consumers create a buying panic, focus instead on the ATF who is attempting to convince people that the most commonly available round for ARs is now somehow illegal because of a bullshit law.” Sam Cummins, American Defense Manufacturing
Now, about the attempted ban. As Sam so eloquently pointed out, it is a bullshit law. The simple fact is, yet another round of gun control efforts has failed so they’re going to try a different tack – they’ll fuck with our ammunition. How else could you possibly explain the attempted criminalization of what is arguably the most popular round for the country’s most ubiquitous rifle?
Ya can’t, unless you’ve been ingesting Windex in vast quantities. All of that nonsense about saving LEO lives is a contrivance. If you’re reading this, you already know most rifle rounds will defeat the soft armor cops wear on the street. The proliferation of AR pistols has exactly Fuck and All to do with it.
That’s our take on it. You can disagree, but you’d be wrong.
There are a number of different petitions, pages and grass roots efforts out there working to head the new BATFE ruling off at the pass. We prefer the one below, but other good ones may be out there. If so, let us know.
Don’t just sit around and bitch about this one. Do something – to do otherwise is to be complicit.
If nothing else, contact the BATFE directly: [email protected]. Speak intelligently and be polite – ranting and raving will do us no good at all, however cathartic it might be.
Okay, you now have a couple options. Move out and draw fire.
Here’s what the BATFE said recently on their Facebook page:
ATF Wants Your Comments on Armor Piercing Ammunition Exemption Framework
ATF is interested in hearing from you. ATF released for public comment a framework, including legal and technical analysis, to guide its determinations on what ammunition is “primarily intended for sporting purposes.” The framework is intended to uphold the requirements of the statute and its goal of law enforcement protection while respecting the interests of sportsmen and the industry. The framework is not a final determination; ATF will accept comments for 30 days, and will finalize the framework after considering those comments and making any appropriate adjustments.
The Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), as amended, provides the Attorney General the authority to exempt projectiles from the restrictions applicable to “armor piercing” ammunition if he determines the projectile is “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.” Between 1986 and 2011 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) received few requests for such exemptions. Since 2011 ATF has received approximately 30 such exemption requests.
The GCA defines “armor piercing ammunition” as:
(i) a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium; or
(ii) a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile.”
Pursuant to the GCA, ammunition that meets this definition may be eligible for an exemption from the statutory restrictions placed on armor piercing ammunition if ATF finds the ammunition is “primarily intended” for sporting purposes. As part of its review process of the pending exemption requests, ATF sought input from industry and law enforcement organizations on the application of the “sporting purpose” exemption set forth in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(C).
It is important to note that the limitation on “armor piercing ammunition” in the GCA does not apply to projectiles manufactured exclusively from non-restricted materials such as copper and lead; it only applies to projectiles that include the specifically restricted materials, and can be used in a handgun. The framework will not apply to projectiles manufactured exclusively from non-restricted materials; licensed manufacturers will continue to be free to manufacture such projectiles without seeking an exemption. For the complete framework go to http://ow.ly/JJHiE
ATF will carefully consider all comments, as appropriate, received on or before March 16, 2015, and will give comments received after that date the same consideration if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given except as to comments received on or before March 16, 2015. ATF will not acknowledge receipt of comments.
Submit comments in any of three ways (but do not submit the same comments multiple times or by more than one method):
• ATF e-mail: [email protected]
• Fax: (202) 648-9741.
• Mail: Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments.
Emergency: Activate firefly, deploy green (or brown) star cluster, get your wank sock out of your ruck and stand by ’til we come get you.
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