• July 24, 2024

Judge Approves ATF Decision To Ban AK-47 Ammo

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle has upheld a decision by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to ban ammunition originally designed for AK-47 assault rifles.

The decision Wednesday by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour came in a lawsuit brought by Redmond-based P.W. Arms Inc., which obtained permits to import more than 100 million rounds of the Russian- and Eastern European-made ammunition known as 7N6.

When the first shipments arrived in early 2014, the ATF deemed them “armor-piercing” and barred their importation for civilian resale.

The company challenged the ATF’s decision as arbitrary, saying officials misinterpreted the definition of armor-piercing bullets under federal law.

Coughenour disagreed. The bullets contain a steel core and can be fired from a handgun, and thus classify as armor-piercing — even if the handguns that can fire them are uncommon, Coughenour said.

“As defendants aptly point out, plaintiff never argues that the 7N6 bullets do not have the capacity to pierce body armor, highlighting the disingenuous nature of plaintiff’s claim,” the judge wrote.

In its applications to import the bullets, P.W. Arms failed to disclose that the bullets were armor-piercing, the ATF said.

Here is a clip showing the performance on the 7N6 ammo being tested:

Source: Q13Fox, ABCNews 

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