House members saying NO to ammo ban

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As I said in my first article regarding this ban (https://www.cdh2a.com/articles/134-batfe-infringing-our-rights-again) it’s a two-fold deal.  The BATFE creates a “run” on M855 ammunition via a proposed “ban” scare, and they are left as the biggest supplier of surplus ammunition (increasing its value) and… as a bonus if they succeed in banning it, they further their gun control efforts.

Now with the House members speaking up, either they are just posturing in a good show of faith for their constituents and their efforts are just in vain, or… they may actually have some type of effect.  Only time will tell this tale, but I sure like hearing “sound bytes” such as: “This attack on the Second Amendment is wrong and should be overturned.” ~ Rep. Bob Goodlatte.  

I wish I could say I find it hard to believe anyone would make this statement in regards to why they are proposing the ban, but I’ve heard too much of this rubbish lately; “We are looking at additional ways to protect our brave men and women in law enforcement… This seems to be an area where everyone should agree that if there are armor-piercing bullets available that can fit into easily concealed weapons, that it puts our law enforcement at considerably more risk,” Earnest said.  

I agree that we should be concerned about our Law Enforcement professionals as well as finding and utilizing every means in which to keep them safer, but banning this ammunition will not accomplish that job.  Here are some real statistics regarding “armor-piercing” ammunition and LEO deaths:

In 2013, 27 police officers were murdered in the United States.  Of those, all rifles combined accounted for 5 murders. Eighteen officers were murdered with handguns, and three with shotguns.  

Of those five officers murdered with rifles, two were murdered with .223 rifles of any type.

Exactly zero deaths occurred in 2013 because the victim’s body armor was penetrated (YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT).  Not one single officer died in 2013 from a penetrating wound by “any” caliber firearm.  In fact, this same table where these statistics can be found shows that only three officers have been killed since 2004 by any.223 or 5.56mm round penetrating any type of vest (one in 2004, one in 2008 and one in 2011).  Seven officers were murdered with various hunting caliber rifles, five with 7.62x39mm and 385 with ordinary handguns (almost ALL of which involved hits to unprotected areas).  Did I mention where those statistics came from?  Surely these alphabet agencies communicate, right?  

We as responsible firearms owners know these statistics are true (although we might not have realized just how ignorant the BATFE’s claims of protecting LEOs really is), we still know that the most common injuries related to body armor are… blunt force trauma.  

Will banning this ammunition, that is NOT truly “armor” piercing and does NOT fall under the LEOPA guidelines regarding the description for consideration of “armor” piercing, save more lives? If we look at the statistics, I highly doubt it will cause any significant differences.  What it will accomplish is one more step closer, and one more concession in the “long train of abuses” we have suffered at the hands of an “out of control” government in regards to our; “right to keep and bear arms”. 


Patrick James is the creator and founder of Cold Dead Hands and CDH, Inc. He is an author, gun enthusiast and avid outdoorsman who can be found chasing his passions 24/7. “I’d rather enjoy my life and skid sideways into the grave, worn out and beat up screaming that was a “helluva” ride than to never take chances and risk it all just to arrive in one pretty piece. Passion in all things is the key to a successful life.” ~ Patrick James

Having worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, he has also worked as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef. Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.

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