By Congressman MARKWAYNE MULLIN
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution embodies some of the most important principles of our nation, like personal rights and individual liberty.
In Oklahoma, we are raised to understand and respect guns as a form of protection and a tool to provide for our families. In this way, firearms are ingrained into our way of life.
And as Americans, we have the right to possess and use firearms within reason of the law. Any attempt to limit this right undermines our Constitution.
But that is exactly what the Obama administration is trying to do through its recently proposed ammunition ban.
The proposed rule, announced a few weeks ago by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (AFT), would effectively ban the M855 5.56 x 45mm cartridge – one of the most popular cartridges used by recreational shooters in America.
Unfortunately, people often fear what they do not understand. And it has been my experience that this especially applies to firearms – leading to a lot of misinformation.
So here are facts: The M855 is a common ball round that does less damage than many other forms of ammunition on the market. These are not armor piercing rounds. And sportsmen everyday use them for target shooting.
It goes without question that guns should be kept out of the hands of criminals. But prohibiting this specific type of ammunition from the entire public will do nothing to keep our families or our law enforcement community safer. It will only limit the rights of good, law-abiding citizens.
This can only be characterized as another political move by the president. He is simply pandering to extremists rather than listening to the majority of the American people. As a result, he is threatening the very principles that define this country.
This is why I have joined several efforts to stop this proposed rule.
I am a cosponsor of a bill, H.R. 1180, authored by U.S. Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-FL) that would prevent the Obama administration from enforcing a new restriction or prohibition on the manufacture, importation or sale of ammunition.
Moving this bill to the president’s desk will force him to answer to the American people for his executive overreach. It is my full intention to use every opportunity to hold him accountable for this abuse of power.
Even more, I recently signed on to a letter from Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) expressing opposition to this attack on our freedoms. The chairman has been a champion for Second Amendment rights, and I applaud him for leading the charge against the president’s recent executive overreach.
Going forward, I will be calling on my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representative and U.S. Senate to join this effort.