Senate Resolution 23 - Introduced SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 23 BY SCHULTZ A Resolution supporting the use of 5.56 mm rifle 1 ammunition made with a bullet having a steel core. 2 WHEREAS, the United States Bureau of Alcohol, 3 Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has recently 4 considered a ban on the manufacture, import, 5 distribution, and sale of 5.56 mm “green tip” rifle 6 ammunition; and 7 WHEREAS, rifles chambered for the 5.56 mm round are 8 among the most popular and widely owned in the United 9 States and Iowa; and 10 WHEREAS, the federal Law Enforcement Officers 11 Protection Act of 1986 codified the legal definition of 12 armor piercing ammunition; and 13 WHEREAS, the 5.56 mm rifle ammunition has been 14 legally manufactured and sold in the United States, 15 prior to and after the enactment of the federal Law 16 Enforcement Officers Protection Act of 1986 that 17 is now invoked in support of a possible ban by the 18 United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and 19 Explosives; and 20 WHEREAS, the properties of the bullet and ammunition 21 have not changed since the year 1986; and 22 WHEREAS, the ammunition is no more dangerous 23 to law enforcement or to the public than any other 24 metal-jacketed rifle ammunition which would not be 25 subject to the ban under consideration; and 26 WHEREAS, the Fraternal Order of Police, the world’s 27 largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, 28 -1- LSB 2611XS (6) 86 jm/rj 1/ 2
S.R. 23 has stated that the specific round has not historically 1 posed a law enforcement problem; and 2 WHEREAS, the 5.56 mm rifle ammunition ban is not 3 reasonably related to a legitimate law enforcement 4 purpose or to any other hypothetical risk; and 5 WHEREAS, the only effect of such a ban would be to 6 restrict the availability of an otherwise legal, widely 7 used, and popular 5.56 mm rifle ammunition; and 8 WHEREAS, the United States Bureau of Alcohol, 9 Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has not withdrawn or 10 suspended the agency’s procedure to consider a ban of 11 the 5.56 mm rifle ammunition, but has merely deferred 12 the decision to ban such ammunition pending further 13 action to process the comments received and to evaluate 14 the issues raised by such comments; and 15 WHEREAS, such a ban would unreasonably infringe upon 16 the Second Amendment rights of Iowans; NOW THEREFORE, 17 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE, That the Senate 18 opposes any such ban of 5.56 mm rifle ammunition; and 19 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Senate supports the 20 future use of 5.56 mm rifle ammunition by Iowans in the 21 same manner as Iowans have previously enjoyed prior to 22 the proposed ban of such ammunition. 23 -2- LSB 2611XS (6) 86 jm/rj 2/ 2