Giving gun owners the business

The Obama administration’s “under the radar” attempt to advance objectives it cannot attain through the legislative process included a fraudulent ATF “framework” intended to ban M855 “green tip” ammunition.

The rationale was the rifle ammunition can be used in certain handguns and is a threat to law enforcement because it can penetrate body armor, thus failing a “sporting purposes” requirement imposed by federal law. The ammunition in question doesn’t fall under the statutory definition for “armor piercing.”

With an eye more on rights than on technical details, observe the entire “sporting purposes” nonsense. The ATF has not even alleged, much less offered evidence, that one such round has been fired from a handgun at a police officer.

The ATF has abandoned the reclassification for the moment.

In any case, businesses themselves, through management prejudice or gutlessness, create a wholly unnecessary and offensive divide by telling gun-owning consumers their money is welcome, but their freedom is not. Sometimes the discrimination is overt, like the “no guns” signs posted at the Mall of America.

Consider Fed Ex, which recently told Defense Distributed it would not ship “ghost gunner” CNC-milling machines. No problem, there’s always UPS, right? Wrong. The shipping company said it reserves the right to refuse to provide transportation service for, among other reasons, any shipments that create legal, safety or operational concerns.

The only option left maybe the U.S. Postal Service.

Operation Choke Point, ostensibly set up by the Justice Department to combat banking fraud and money laundering, was found to be pressuring banks to cut off access to disfavored groups, lumping firearms and ammunition sales in with escort services, Ponzi schemes and pornography.

If former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group doesn’t see a “no guns” sign, the group can pressure the business owner into seeing things its way or spending time reacting to newly created reputation-management issues. In the old days, they used to call this technique “extortion.”

ALFRED B. PETTIT Jr.

Gloversville