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Seattle judge upholds ATF’s decision banning ammo designed for AK-47s

seattletimes.com/seattle-news/seattle-judge-upholds-atfs-decision-banning-ammo-designed-for-ak-47/

Originally published August 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm Updated August 10, 2016 at 3:29 pm

The decision came in a lawsuit brought by Redmond-based P.W. Arms Inc., which obtained permits to import more than 100 million rounds of the Russian- and Eastern European-made ammunition.

By The Associated Press
 
A federal judge in Seattle has upheld a decision by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to ban ammunition originally designed for AK-47 assault rifles.

The decision Wednesday by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour came in a lawsuit brought by Redmond-based P.W. Arms Inc., which obtained permits to import more than 100 million rounds of the Russian- and Eastern European-made ammunition known as 7N6. When the first shipments arrived in early 2014, the ATF deemed them “armor-piercing” and barred their importation for civilian resale.

The company said the agency misinterpreted the definition of armor-piercing bullets under federal law. But the judge disagreed, saying they contain a steel core and can be fired from a handgun.

Coughenour noted that P.W. Arms never disputed the bullets can pierce body armor, and he called the company’s arguments disingenuous.

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Re: Seattle judge upholds ATF’s decision banning ammo designed for AK-47s
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2016, 06:30:21 AM »
Armor-Piercing Ammunition

Federal law prohibits the manufacture, importation, sale or delivery of armor-piercing ammunition, with very limited exceptions. In particular, specific exceptions exist for armor-piercing ammunition that is manufactured for certain federal and state government divisions, exportation, or testing. The Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) may also exempt certain armor-piercing ammunition primarily intended for sporting or industrial purposes.

Licensed dealers are prohibited from “willfully” transferring armor-piercing ammunition. An exception exists for ammunition that was received and maintained by the dealer as business inventory prior to August 28, 1986, which may be transferred to federal, state or local law enforcement. Federally licensed dealers, to the extent they can transfer armor-piercing ammunition, must keep a record of any transfer.

Armor-piercing ammunition, sometimes referred to as metal-piercing ammunition, is ammunition that is designed primarily to penetrate metal or armor, including body armor commonly worn by police officers. Under federal law, armor-piercing ammunition is defined as any projectile or projectile core that may be used in a handgun and that is constructed entirely from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium. In addition, armor-piercing ammunition is defined as a full jacketed projectile “larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile.” Id. The Attorney General is required to furnish information to each licensed dealer defining which projectiles are considered armor-piercing ammunition as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(17)(B).16

The federal definition of armor-piercing ammunition, which is based on its content and weight, rather than on the ammunition’s actual performance against body armor, has been criticized because it fails to halt the manufacture and sale of all types of ammunition that can penetrate body armor.

The existing ban on armor-piercing ammunition can be made more effective by adopting performance standards that require ammunition to be tested for its ability to penetrate bullet-resistant vests and body armor, as opposed to the existing standard based on the bullet’s content.

Source: http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-laws/federal-law/classes-of-weapons-ammunition/ammunition-regulation/

If you remember, the Winchester "Black Talon" ammunition was decried by anti-gunners as being "Cop Killer" rounds because it was thought to be AP ammunition, which it wasn't (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Talon). Today's Winchester XTP is the same bullet design without the coating.

Also, remember the attempted ban on AR15 AP ammunition: ATF proposes ban on armor-piercing ammo for AR-15 - http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/02/26/ATF-proposes-ban-on-armor-piercing-ammo-for-AR-15/6141424997018/

As long as there are firearms and ammunition, there will always be a fight for them and against them.
The fact that the GOVERNMENT would even consider removing the natural right to bear arms is the very reason why the 2nd Amendment was written.

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Re: Seattle judge upholds ATF’s decision banning ammo designed for AK-47s
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2016, 04:40:40 PM »
True.
I'd like some AP Incindary rounds.

But how would you get anything like THAT?

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