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.
“This is yet another commonsense piece of gun safety legislation that has been stymied by a reckless and out of control gun lobby. The only reason this isn’t already law is because the NRA controls the Republican agenda,” Engel said. “There is no reason civilians need rounds that can be fired from a handgun and pierce armor. These bullets have no legitimate hunting or recreational purpose; deer don’t wear Kevlar. All they do is pose a serious threat to law enforcement, and I feel we owe it to those men and women who protect us daily to keep these cop-killer rounds off our streets.”
Please note this press release was originally published on January 8, 2018 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication