Obama tried to get gun control up and running as a wedge issue after the Newton school shooting, but he failed miserably. It’s clear he has tried to do what he can do to harass gun owners and make their lives more difficult through back channel methods, including new regulations. His ATF is trying to ban a popular AR-15 bullet–the M855/SS109–which is widely used and also something of a premium brand. (I personally prefer M193.) Nonetheless, the move is worrisome, as the potential classification of this round as “armor piercing” could lead to banning nearly all rifle ammunition on the same basis because, public hysteria aside, it is well known that nearly all rifle bullets will penetrate ordinary soft armor vests. Since he is a second termer and clearly tone deaf, I would not put this past him.
Sean Davis at the Federalist has authored the most rigorous criticism of the ATF’s moves to date.