Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, has reintroduced the Armor Piercing Bullets (APB) Act, legislation which would ensure law enforcement officers don’t have to face criminals with armor piercing bullets on the streets.
The Armor Piercing Bullets (APB) Act would restrict the sale of the small caliber, .223-derived, 5.56 NATO green tip, ammunition commonly referred to as the “cop-killer” round. These rounds are capable of penetrating soft body armor often worn by police. In 2015 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) found that these green tips can be loaded into easily concealable handguns and proposed banning the round. However, strong pushback from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Congressional Republicans led to the ATF abandoning their proposal. The APB Act would enact ATF’s proposed ban. more ››