We have seen a lot of talk concerning the latest ruling from the ATF regarding 7N6 5.45X39 ammunition. The official explanations are always so much more funny than speculations and communal discussions. We have provided the ATF's official statement on the matter below for those of you who haven't had a chance to have a good laugh for the day. If you don't like reading, the essential statement can be summed up as,"It may take us 3 years to solve an algebra problem piecing together legalities, ammo, and random imported firearms. While you may find the punchline quite funny, in the end the joke is on you." Clearly the A is for Arbitrary.
TEST, EXAMINATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF 7N6 5.45X39 AMMUNITION
On March 5, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) received a request from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) to conduct a test, examination and classification of Russian-made 7N6 5.45x39 ammunition for purposes of determining whether it is considered “armor piercing ammunition” as defined by the Gun Control Act (GCA), as amended. Since 1986, the GCA has prohibited the importation of armor piercing ammunition unless it is destined for government use or testing. The imported ammunition about which CBP was inquiring was not destined for either excepted purpose.
The Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), as amended, defines the term “armor piercing ammunition” as: