Isakson, Perdue: Obama Administration Must Withdraw Ammo Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today signed on to a letter calling on the Obama administration to withdraw a proposed regulation that would effectively ban certain ammunition used in AR-15-style rifles and other firearms.

The letter to B. Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, or ATF, states, “Second Amendment rights require not only access to firearms but to bullets. If law-abiding gun owners cannot obtain rifle ammunition, or face substantial difficulty in finding ammunition available and at reasonable process because government entities are banning such ammunition, then the Second Amendment is at risk.”

The letter argues that ATF’s new framework that allows it to apply a ban to rifle ammunition would deprive many law-abiding rifle owners of the ability to obtain cartridges that are commonly used for sporting purposes such as target shooting and hunting. The letter also makes clear that Congress did not, and did not intend to, ban this form of ammunition. It also notes that ATF’s proposed ban would encompass a type of ammunition that is frequently used in the AR-15, the most popular rifle design in the United States.

“As Georgians know, I am committed to protecting the unfettered Second Amendment rights of all Americans, and this proposal puts the Second Amendment at risk,” said Senator Isakson, a member of the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. “This proposed ban is yet another example of the Obama administration reinterpreting the Constitution to suit its purposes, rather than following Congress and the will of the people.”

“This is another example of President Obama trying to circumvent Congress and the Constitution to get his way,” said Senator Perdue. “Our Second Amendment rights shouldn’t be a part of a cynical political game. Georgians deserve leaders who will defend the Constitution and create commonsense policies, and I will work every day to fulfill those goals.”

The letter was authored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and signed by 52 senators, including Isakson and Perdue.