TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Finding a popular bullet may now be difficult for gun owners.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is making the effort to possibly ban public sale of 5.56 mm ammunition. The bullets are often used in AR-15 rifles.
Steve Ellis, owner of Top Guns in Terre Haute, says it’s hard to keep the rounds on the shelves.
“Everyone is selling out of ammunition, distributors are out, manufacturers are out, most dealers are out,” Ellis says.
When we checked in with Top Guns this afternoon, Ellis had a small supply of the bullets. However, he predicted to be out of them by the end of the business day.
ATF says the popular bullets cause danger to police. When loaded into a smaller gun, it can cut through an officer’s protective vest, qualifying it as armor piercing ammunition.
ATF is accepting public comment on the possible ban until March 16th.
If you are interested in submitting your input, here are your options:
ATF website: APAComments@atf.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Fax: (202) 648-9741.
Mail: Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments.