|"I've been a hunter since I
was about 12 years old, and I went through the whole
progression, you know, BB gun to .22s to .30-30, you name
The Philadelphia Daily News.
caliber, the 30.30 caliber, was responsible for penetrating
three officers' armor and killing them in 1993, 1996, and
2002. This ammunition is also capable of puncturing
light-armored vehicles, ballistic or armored glass,
armored limousines, even a 600-pound safe with 600 pounds of
safe armor plating." From the
Much has been made of the
Kennedy Armor Piercing Ammunition Ban. It is Senate Amendment 2619 which
was rejected as an amendment to Senate Bill 1805 on March 2, 2004. John
Kerry voted FOR this bill. The record of the vote is
here. The wide sweeping nature of this bill give us an indication of
how radical Kerry is with respect to gun control.
Keep in mind that the
.30-30 has never been used in a military weapon and the cartridge has
never been available with a hard metal core making it a traditional
'armor piercing' round. If you would like more information on the .30-30
and its long history by Neal Knox, go here.
The bottom line here is
Kerry knows exactly
what a .30-30 is. By his own statements, he has shot them.
Kennedy believes that
citizens should not have access to cartridges as powerful as the
show that he has no clue as to the capabilities of the cartridge. He
also reveals that his goal is to ban virtually all rifle cartridges.
Knowing exactly what
the situation is, Kerry makes no attempt to educate Kennedy. Instead
he votes in favor of this amendment.
What does the
The Attorney General
will define standards for the uniform testing of projectiles against
'Body Armor Exemplar'. 'Body Armor Exemplar' is defined to
mean body armor that meets minimum standards for law enforcement
Handgun - The Attorney General determines what ammunition is capable
of penetrating the chosen body armor.
Centerfire Rifle - The Attorney General determines what
projectile is 'more likely to penetrate body armor than standard
ammunition of the same caliber'.
amendment would change two sections of United States Code:
Section 921(a)(17)(B) of title 18 and
Section 926 of title 18. This first section of code defines '''armor
piercing ammunition'' and thereby changes all laws currently on the
books relating to ''armor piercing ammunition'' with the new definition.
Section 926 of title 18 defines the powers of the Attorney
General with respect to firearms.
If you want to read the
amendment for yourself go
here. It is in the right hand column.
What did Kennedy say
in defense of this amendment?
"We have to ask ourselves, What is the problem? The problem
has been 17 law enforcement officers have been killed,
according to the FBI, from armor-piercing bullets. Deer and
ducks do not wear armor vests. Police officers wear armor
vests." From the
Consider: If this
is such a concern, what do the experts in the field say? The Fraternal
Order of Police is against this amendment. See their
letter to Senator Craig.
"Armor-piercing projectiles contain a core of hardened steel
or tungsten carbide which allows it to penetrate metal
objects. That is what our police officers are up against."
Consider: Is this
concern addressed by this amendment? No, read the amendment.
"In a recent report,
the ATF identified three, .223 and the 7.62 caliber rifles,
as the ones most frequently encountered by police officers.
These high-capacity rifles, the ATF wrote, pose an enhanced
threat to law enforcement, in part because of their ability
to expel particles at velocities that are capable of
penetrating the type of soft body armor typically worn by
law enforcement officers. From the
Consider: Here is the real deal on what Kennedy is trying to do
with this amendment. If the .223 and the 30-30 is considered too
powerful for civilian use, is there any rifle caliber that is ok? This
kind of legislation will make large game hunting illegal in any state
where a .24 caliber is required.
What effect would this
bill have on the sportsman's world?
is the million dollar question. The effects of this bill are
dependent upon the determinations of the Attorney General. Those
determinations could change from administration to administration.
We do know that the minimum body armor available is referred to as
'Threat Level 1'. It is designed to stop a .38 Special at close
range. This bill could immediately outlaw ammunition for any handgun
more powerful than the .38 Special.
also know that virtually every centerfire rifle cartridge produced
can penetrate the best body armor available.
Kennedy were to get what he wanted in this amendment, we could own
our guns but never fire them again.
information on body armor, I suggest
Selection and Application Guide to Personal Body Armor by the
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center.
The .30-30 and the Armor Piercing Ammo Ban
by Neal Knox
Neal has been recognized nationally as a firearms expert for
decades. He testified in front of Congress on 1966 about what would
later become the Gun Control Act of 1968. See what Neal says about
the .30-30 and the Armor Piercing Ammo Ban.
What is being regulated?
A projectile is not ammunition and ammunition is not a projectile.
Yet this bill seems to use the terms interchangeably. How, exactly,
does one determine, after testing projectiles, if one ammunition is
more likely to penetrate than another ammunition? And what sense is
there in outlawing one ammunition designed for hunting that may be
less powerful than the standard ammunition for another caliber? At
this point I would surmise that a standard 30-30 round would be
legal. But a round manufactured for hunting to be more powerful
would not. Yet a standard .375H&H Mag round may be quite legal.
What is handgun ammunition?
Just because a few manufacturers may make a handgun in .223, does
that mean that all .223 ammo would be illegal? Same for MANY other
If a manufacturer begins producing a handgun for law enforcement
in a rifle caliber that has never been in a handgun, is that
ammunition now illegal for regular people?
Of course these questions do not matter if the amendment were
implemented as Kennedy envisions. See his quotes.
Where does this go?
If they can outlaw our ammunition without
infringing upon our Second Amendment rights, what about printing
presses or ink or paper. Can those be outlawed without infringing
upon First Amendment rights?