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White House: AR-15 Ammo Ban Would Save Cops' Lives

By    |   Tuesday, 03 March 2015 06:26 AM

The White House says a proposed bill that would ban a popular ammo for the AR-15 assault rifle would help protect police officers.

"We are looking at additional ways to protect our brave men and women in law enforcement, and believe that this process is valuable for that reason alone," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday, according to The Washington Times.

The proposal would make it illegal to buy and sell the .223 M855 green-tip ammo commonly used in the AR-15, a civilian version of the military's M16 rifle. The legislation would use the fact that the ammo is armor-piercing to declare it illegal.

Earnest said the ban would save first responders' lives.

"The president has long believed that there are some common-sense steps that we can take … to ensure that we're protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans while also taking some common-sense steps to prevent people who shouldn’t have guns from getting them," Earnest said.

"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."

More than 100 lawmakers in Congress have signed a letter addressed to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director Todd Jones that is against the legislation, reports the Times. The ATF is asking the public to comment on the proposal.

"[The ban] will interfere with Second Amendment rights by disrupting the market for ammunition that law abiding Americans use for sporting and other legitimate purposes," the letter reads, according to the Times.

The lawmakers add that there are no documented cases of a single M855 green-tip round being fired at a police officer.

Opponents say banning this ammunition would be a first step in eventually outlawing guns.

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