U.S. House Bill 3497 states as it’s opening summary:
“To protect the Nation’s law enforcement officers by banning the Five-seveN Pistol and 5.7 x 28mm SS190, SS192, SS195LF, SS196, and SS197 cartridges, testing handguns and ammunition for capability to penetrate body armor, and prohibiting the manufacture, importation, sale, or purchase of such handguns or ammunition by civilians.”
Now while that may sound pretty good to some, and may make people think that there is some reason for this Bill, in reality, there is not. As a lifelong LEO, and now the trainer of LEO’s I want nothing more than to protect my students and fellow officers. But I also want to do it in a way that actually does something to protect them, not some made up issue that has not resulted in one single death of a police officer.
Let’s use education and facts to show the public just how ridiculous this bill really is. First what problem does it solve? Is there a rash of police officers being killed by these specific handguns and ammunition? No not one. What about the fact that the rounds and handgun can penetrate body armor? Well, that is actually nothing new. Almost all rifle rounds larger than a .22 cal. can do that. The popular .223 -5.56 round that most AR style riles shoot go through body armor like it is not even there. But this bill does not address that ammunition, nor should it. The 5.7 x 28mm round has been around for some time, actually since about 2002, yes that is right for 15 years now. And all of a sudden it is a problem? Not really.
So what is the purpose of H.R. 3497 really? Maybe it’s a simple bill aimed at the feelings of people who don’t know the real facts. And maybe there is even a more sinister reason? Could it be to get language in that says that the Attorney General will conduct testing that will determine if a certain caliber or pistol ammunition will penetrate a ballistic vest and if so, then ban it? That would include rounds like the most popular .223/5.56 AR round. You see those can be fired from popular AR pistols. Hence it could be classified as a “pistol round”.
Isn’t it amazing how sneaky these politicians are and how stupid they think we are? Maybe they think people will not actually read the bill and be able to figure out the true meaning behind them? This Bill is nothing more than a poorly hidden attempt to ban some of the most popular rifle and handgun rounds in the world. Sorry, Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16], we see through your smoke and mirrors. This is nothing more than a backdoor attempt to ban the AR and other modern popular rifles and handguns.
Oh and Re. Engel, please do not attempt to make people think you are speaking for law enforcement. As a 35+ year veteran cop, and now the trainer of cops, you most assuredly do not speak for me or the tens of thousands of cops who actually believe in the Constitution we swore to uphold and defend. Unlike many politicians, it seems these days.