President Obama's administration has proposed banning the manufacture and sale of one of the most popular bullets used in AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, a move that has enraged gun-rights advocates and caused a run on the ammunition at gun shops across the country, says the New York Times. The ATF said this month that it planned to restrict the armor-piercing 5.56-millimeter “M855 green tip” rifle bullet because of new handguns that use the ammunition and pose a greater threat to the police.
The proposal would allow people to use up the ammunition they have already bought. Gun shops and firearms organizations on Thursday said there had been a rush to snap up cases of the bullets since the NRA sent out urgent alerts to members. Those alerts accused Obama of seeking to enact backdoor gun control measures that he could not pass in Congress in 2013. Gun rights groups said their members had sent tens of thousands of letters to members of Congress demanding that the rule not be approved.