News 12 at 11 o'clock, Sunday March 1, 2015
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW)-- President Obama's administration is proposing a ban on one of the most popular bullets used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives proposed banning the M855 "green tip" rifle bullet because it poses a greater threat to police.
It's one of the most popular rifles across the country AR 15... and the ammo in it.. 855 bullet or better known as the green tip bullet.
But earlier this month -- the ATF proposed a plan to ban that bullet because what once was exempted as primarily used for sporting purposes will now be regulated as "armor piercing ammunition."
"Oh we sold out of it in two days, every bit of it I had," owner of the Aiken Gun Rack and Range, Chuck Scott said.
He said it's created a buying frenzy and panic. The ATF considers an "armor piercing ammunition" as a threat to the lives and safety of law enforcement officers, but Scott sees it in a different light.
"They're banning something that's going to affect hundreds of thousands of sports shooters, it's rarely ever used in a crime," Scott said.
To him and Mike Ludwiksowski it's ammo for hunting.
"Used to be if I wanted something cheap and that was the cheapest available I would just go out and shoot it into the dirt," Ludwiksowski said.
And he's right, it is the cheapest ammo for an AR-15 rifle, but it's not the only ammo that can be used by this rifle. But Ludwikowski thinks it isn't just about this one particular ammo
"Once they get this bullet off the market they'll go for the next and the next," he said.
And as a hunter he doesn't like the idea of his ammo being gone.
"Typically you want to take action on issue that are pressing and affecting the country and affecting the society, this bullet is not affecting society," he said.
And Scott agreed.
"It's not doing anything to help because the problem didn't exist to begin with," Scott said.
This is not a final determination. The ATF is accepting comments for 30 days and they won't finalize anything until after looking at those comments and making any appropriate adjustments.