Representative Rob Bishop (R., Utah) introduced a bill last Wednesday that would prohibit the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) from unilaterally reclassifying ammunition.

The Lawful Purpose and Self-Defense Act would remove the ATF’s discretion in classifying certain ammunition as “armor piercing.” Instead of relying on the ATF or attorney general’s judgment on which “armor piercing” rounds should be given a “sporting purpose” exception, the bill would rely on the manufacturer’s design and intent. Rep. Bishop said his intention is to prevent gray areas in the law from being used to push new gun control.

“The Founding Fathers were clear when they drafted the Bill of Rights,” Rep. Bishop said in a statement. “The 2nd Amendment is about security and self-defense. Vagaries in today’s legal code pose a real threat to the right to keep and bear arms. The Obama administration exploited this ambiguity to forward its agenda of restriction. It’s time to ensure no future administration tramples on these freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.”

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