House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte tonight slammed a proposal to ban certain ammunition.

More than 100 congressmen have signed Goodlatte’s letter to the ATF director about the proposal. Goodlatte says many more will sign the letter before he sends it.

Goodlatte said that President Barack Obama has tried to ban the AR-15 in the past, and Congress has refused. Now, he said Obama is “taking his pen and his cellphone and, through the ATF, is trying to ban the second most popular ammunition that is used in that rifle.”

The ATF is citing an old law, which says certain ammunition can’t be used because of fears it will be used on law enforcement. But Goodlatte said that this particular bullet hasn’t been used in a handgun to kill law enforcement in 10 years. He said the measure is really targeted at gun control.

DOJ spokesman Patrick Rosenbush said in a statement:

“Under the Gun Control Act, Congress acted to protect law enforcement from armor piercing ammunition that can be fired from a handgun. The law explicitly authorizes the Attorney General to exempt ammunition ‘primarily intended for sporting purposes.’ No action has been taken --ATF is simply proposing, and requesting public comment on, a framework to enforce the law that Congress passed and provide guidance for the industry through a transparent process for making exemption decisions.

“ATF began drafting this framework because it had received more than 30 exemption requests from ammunition manufacturers over the course of several years and in the interest of fairness, wanted to create a metric by which to evaluate them.  There have been multiple listening sessions and opportunities for individuals to weigh in. Additionally, ATF is currently accepting public comments on this proposed rule.

“Ammunition for the AR platform that contain projectiles constructed from non-restricted materials (lead and copper) are readily available in the marketplace. The framework, as proposed, would not apply to projectiles manufactured exclusively from non-restricted materials; licensed manufacturers will continue to be free to manufacture such projectiles without seeking an exemption.”

One other piece of info relevant to the ammunition in question is that projectiles made from the following materials are restricted under the Gun Control Act: tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper or depleted uranium."