You can almost imagine a bunch of sloppy suited bureaucrats sitting around a table asking "How can we justify this?" and coming up w/ some of the most convoluted, weak, and hair-splitting explanations possible. IOW, a classic example of the dangers of unelected government bureaucrats.
What am I talking about?
Why the BATFE is proposing removing exemptions for M855 ball ammo as 'armor piercing' because there are a couple of AR style 'handguns' out there. The 'logic', if I'm able to follow it correctly, goes something like this.
FOPA says that AP ammo designed to be used in a handgun isn't 'sporting purpose'.
'Designed', doesn't really mean 'designed' but instead 'can be used in' because a court case said that stuff that can be used for drug use is 'drug paraphernalia' even if it wasn't intended for it.
AR's are sort of like M-16's and are therefore military guns.
Military guns aren't 'sporting' and we need to protect police.
Therefore ban commonly available ammo.
Or something like that.
And they wonder why people don't trust the Government or this administration.
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