Did you know that “Armor-Piercing” ammunition for AR-15s isn’t legal to possess? Neither did I. But helpfully, a “lawyer for the Sheriff’s Department” down in Fayetteville told the media just that.
The Cumberland County deputy who was injured in a shoot-out with a murder suspect last week was shot with armor-piercing bullets, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Thursday.
“This guy was using armor-piercing rounds, which aren’t legal to possess,” said Ronnie Mitchell, the lawyer for the Sheriff’s Office.
Umm, NO. Just NO.
There is a federal law against possessing PISTOL bullets that are made of certain materials which would make those PISTOL bullets likely to penetrate police vests, but there are no laws against rifle ammunition that’s considered “Armor-Piercing.”
A projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium; or
The term “armor piercing ammunition” does not include shotgun shot required by Federal or State environmental or game regulations for hunting purposes, a frangible projectile designed for target shooting, a projectile which the Attorney General finds is primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes, or any other projectile or projectile core which the Attorney General finds is intended to be used for industrial purposes, including a charge used in an oil and gas well perforating device.
And no one in the media bothered to question this incredible assertion. Not the reporter, the editor, the fact checkers, no one.
What’s the bet that the bullets in question were garden variety M855 “green tip” bullets and the lawyer knows even less about bullets than he does about law?