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benEzra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-05 12:01 PM
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31. That's what the SUMMARY said...
Edited on Tue Jan-18-05 12:02 PM by benEzra
but if you read the actual text of the Kennedy amendment, that's not what it DID.

The amendment would have authorized the Attorney General to ban, and I quote,
(iii) a projectile that may be used in a handgun and that the Attorney General determines, pursuant to section 926(d), to be capable of penetrating body armor; or

(iv) a projectile for a centerfire rifle, designed or marketed as having armor piercing capability, that the Attorney General determines, pursuant to section 926(d), to be more likely to penetrate body armor than standard ammunition of the same caliber.''.

Very little ammunition would satisfy paragraph (iv). But practically all rifle calibers under .45-70 would indeed satisfy paragraph (iii); they (1) can be used in a handgun (like a Thompson-Center Contender or Encore, or an SSK single-shot), and (2) they can penetrate level II or IIIA body armor like it's not there.

Since the Attorney General could ban any rifle ammunition that satisfied paragraph (iii), the AG could ban pretty much any he/she wanted. I don't imagine you'd see .30-06 hunting loads banned, even though it would satisfy the AP definition, but I would expect that there would be strong pressure from the prohibitionists to ban .223 and 7.62x39 as having "no sporting purpose."
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