A group of Democrat State Attorneys General, led by New York’s Letitia James, has sent a letter to the Biden Administration’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention requesting a ban on civilian purchase of 5.56-millimeter ammunition.
By yourNEWS Media Staff
Fifteen State Attorneys General, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, have collectively sent a letter to the Biden Administration’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention. The letter, dated Tuesday, calls for a ban on private citizens from purchasing 5.56-millimeter ammunition manufactured at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, proposing that such ammunition be reserved exclusively for military use.
Letitia James, known for her legal battles against the National Rifle Association (NRA) and her characterization of the group as a “terrorist organization,” spearheads this initiative. The letter comes after a failed attempt by James in March 2022 to shut down the NRA, which was blocked by a Manhattan judge.
The letter argues for an investigation into the contracting and manufacturing practices leading to the sale of “military-grade rounds” to civilians. It also urges the White House to ensure that future production contracts prohibit the sale of military weapons and ammunition to civilians.
This move coincides with concerns over illegal immigration and border security. The Attorneys General highlight the challenges posed by an influx of over 11 million illegal immigrants, including military-age males and suspected terrorists, at the U.S. southern border.
The letter cites several mass shootings, including incidents in Parkland, FL; Pittsburgh, PA; Uvalde, TX; and Buffalo, NY, attributing these tragedies partly to the availability of military-grade ammunition to civilians.
Attorney General James and her colleagues have raised questions about the Second Amendment implications of such a ban. They argue for stricter controls on ammunition and weapons to address gun violence, while critics may see this as an infringement on constitutional rights. The debate continues as the country grapples with the balance between public safety and the rights of gun owners.
The letter further cites four mass shootings committed by deranged individuals, as they blame the ammunition, but not the individuals:
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