Gun free zones, body armor bans, BATFE scare: Gun news from around the country


WASHINGTON February 23, 2015 — This week there are few things gun owners should keep their sights on. Gun Free Zones, the Body Armor Ban, and the BATFE ammunition scare are all brewing in the pot at the moment. Below are short, incredibly short, summaries of those issues for you to take a look at. Happy hunting.

Gun Free Zones: In the wake of an onslaught of measures, most of which were defeated, to curb gun ownership and restrict conceal carry across the country, lawmakers and gun rights groups are pushing back. The “gun free zone” is in the sights of gun rights groups, and much of their energy is being thrown into tearing down restrictions on carrying concealed around the country. On the legislative side, states such as Florida are attempting to pass laws which would allow for students and teachers to carry on college campuses. To gun rights groups, this is the fight of fights. Gun free zones, they argue, do nothing but create victim zones by disarming people and then advertising that people in this particular location are not armed. It seems somewhat counterintuitive, does it not? Either way, this fight has been ongoing, but it has received a significant boost since the Newtown and Aurora shootings.

Body Armor Ban: HR. 378, introduced by Michael Honda (Ca-17-D), would make it illegal for “a person to purchase, own, or possess enhanced body armor.” Well, Mr. Honda, what’s this all about? It is not as though middle income individuals are going out and dropping two thousand dollars on body armor, but if recent history has shown us anything attempting to ban anything to do with home protection will only cause a buying frenzy. But why does the government want to ban body armor? That is what many concerned citizens should be asking themselves. As the government supplies police forces with unprecedented amounts of firepower and protection such as MRAP’s and other armored personnel carriers, it seems they do not seek to extend the protection of those devices to their citizens. How does the government justify this? If criminals are so bad out there that the police need MRAP’s then perhaps the government should allow for citizens to defend themselves with the best methods available.

BATFE Ammunition:  Perhaps one of the most blatant attempts at backdoor gun control is the upcoming decision of the BATFE to name the common 5.56mm M855 ball ammo as “armor piercing,” and therefore ban if from common shelves. The BATFE has gone back and forth on deciding whether or not M855 is armor piercing or not, leading many to come to the conclusion that the BATFE is simply acting on the wishes of President Obama who is looking for any way to curb gun ownership that he can. This kind of back door gun control is what infuriates gun owners, because it is purely political, and purely aimed at AR-15 owners. If the BATFE was serious about getting dangerous ammunition off the streets then perhaps they should look at banning 7.62x54r, or .300 Blackout, or .50 BMG, all of which pack quite a punch. Their focus on 5.56mm ball ammunition, a common AR-15 round, is nothing more than an attempt to starve gun owners out of owning guns.


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Conor Higgins
Conor Higgins has a BA from Catholic University in DC and an MA form George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, both in history. When he not getting his hands dirty in 2nd Amendment and firearms news he is doing his best to take a crack at some drive-by political analysis. And every now and then he may or may not review a low end bourbon for the tax write off. Sit back, relax, and enjoy Back Porch Politics.