5.56 M855 lightgreen tip ammo ban
The 5.56 M855 "lightgreen tip"

President Barack Obama is not getting the support he may have expected from law enforcement officials after attempting to ban a round specific to the AR-15: the 5.56 M855 “lightgreen tip.”

James Pasco, executive director of the Washington office of the Fraternal Order of Police, spoke with the Washington Examiner about the 5.56 M855 ban and said that it isn’t necessary.

“Any ammunition is of concern to police in the wrong hands, but this specific round has historically not posed a law enforcement problem,” Pasco said. “… While this round will penetrate soft body armor, it has not historically posed a threat to law enforcement.”

With more than 325,000 members, Pasco’s organization is the world’s largest of sworn law enforcement officers.

The administration’s effort is under fire on Capitol Hill where 55 percent of all House members have signed a letter challenging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ proposal.

Led by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte and the National Rifle Association, 235 members have signed the letter. The signatures came in at a record pace since Goodlatte’s team and the NRA have been circulating it for just three business days.

For more information on the potential 5.56 M855 ammo ban, please visit WashingtonExaminer.com.


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