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Popular Ammo in Peril – We Need Your Help!

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Valued Brownells Customer,
We want you to be aware of an issue that may severely impact the availability and legality of economical and commonly-used .223/5.56 ammunition.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has recently suggested it intends to revoke the “sporting purposes” exemption for M855 ammunition, which would likely make it unlawful to possess. Of course, M855 is widely used in AR-15 rifles for recreational and competitive shooting activities.

Brownells, the NRA and other pro-Second Amendment organizations are concerned about this action as the AR-15 is the most popular rifle in the U.S., and this threatens to diminish the availability of popular ammunition. To learn about the BATFE’s position, CLICK HERE.

The BATFE will take public comments on this action until March 13, 2015. We encourage you to contact the BATFE and tell them about your usage of this popular ammunition. You may leave comments at the following email address:

*Please note, the BATFE will automatically disregard any comments containing abusive or vulgar language, so state your opinion plainly and clearly.

Additionally, we invite you to contact your Federal legislators. Find your legislator by CLICKING HERE.

Thank you for helping to keep our Second Amendment strong!


Frank & Pete Brownell


BATFE FRAMEWORK | “Some ammunition that was previously exempted as ‘primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes,’ specifically 5.56mm constituent projectiles of SS109 and M855 cartridges, will again be regulated as ‘armor piercing ammunition.’ Except as provided by law, no person may manufacture or import such ammunition, and manufacturers or importers may not sell or deliver such ammunition.” — READ MORE


NRA-ILA | “President Obama insisted that if Congress would not enact his gun control agenda, he would do so on his own, through executive action…Having failed to enact a federal ban on the AR-15, America’s most popular rifle, he’s now using the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to do the next best thing.” — READ MORE


NRA-ILA | “BATFE…intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as ‘armor piercing ammunition.’ M855…does not, however, have a core made of the metals listed in the law; rather, it has a traditional lead core with a steel tip, and therefore should never have been considered ‘armor piercing.'” — READ MORE
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