LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Gun enthusiasts in South Georgia have their eyes on Washington, as the Obama administration proposes banning a popular type of rifle ammunition.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is considering banning certain types of 5.56 millimeter rounds that can pierce a police officer's protective vest, when fired from a handgun. It's accepting public input on the idea for two more weeks.
South Georgia gun sellers don't believe it would have a direct impact on gun owners, but there are concerns.
"I think what bothers everybody is, it's kind of a first straw to the beginning of maybe banning some other things. It's got a lot of people nervous," said Jackie Sizemore, who owns Backwoods Outdoors sporting goods store in Lee County. He says his customers were prepared for this legislation.
The ban would only affect M-855 "Green tip" or SS-109 rounds with certain types of metal cores.
The National Rifle Association is urging members to write to the agency and members of Congress to object to the proposed ban.