Forgive me for being a bit behind in my postings. Lots going on.
So I'm sure you've already heard that the ATF already published their online 2014 Regulation Guide and that the M855 round no longer has the exemption from being considered 'armor piercing' included.
When called out on this discovery, the ATF published a response to clarify (back-pedal?) the issue as a 'publishing error' on their part:
Please be advised that ATF has not rescinded any Armor Piercing Ammunition exemption, and the fact they are not listed in the 20 14 online edition of the regulations, was an error, which has no legal impact on the validity of the exemptions. The existing exemptions for armor piercing ammunition, which apply to 5.56 mm (.223) SS 109 and M855 projectiles (identified by a green coating on the projectile tip), and the U.S .30-06 M2AP projectile (identified by a black coating on the projectile tip), remain in effect.
The listing of Armor Piercing Ammunition exemptions can be found in the 2005 ATF Regulation Guide on page 166, which is posted here. The 2014 Regulation Guide will be corrected in PDF format to include the listing of Armor Piercing Ammunition exemptions and posted shortly. The e-book/iBook version of the Regulation Guide will be corrected in the near future. ATF apologizes for any confusion caused by this publishing error.
1) It was an actual error
2) It was intentional because they already planned on outlawing the M855.
You can send your thoughts to ATF about the proposal until March 16, 2015 using the channels below:
- Email: APAComments@atf.gov
- 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
Resist anyway you can.