WHITE HOUSE FACT SHEET ON 'SAVING OFFICERS' LIVES ACT'
The President has transmitted to the Congress a legislative proposal
entitled the "Saving Law Enforcement Officers' Lives Act of 1995." This
legislation would improve the Government's ability to protect law
enforcement officers from handgun ammunition which -- as the result of
its performance -- is unduly dangerous.
Federal law already authorizes restrictions on the manufacture,
importation, and distribution of handgun ammunition made from certain
types of materials. However, there are no restrictions on ammunition
that may be manufactured from commonly used materials, but which by
virtue of other factors, can pierce the bullet-proof vests worn by law
The Saving Law Enforcement Officers' Lives Act of 1995 would:
Direct the Secretary of the Treasury to determine if certain
handgun ammunition -- by virtue of its performance -- is excessively
dangerous to law enforcement officers because it will pierce standard
bullet-proof vests. The Secretary would by regulation establish
standards for the uniform testing of such ammunition.
Prohibit the manufacture, importation, and distribution of handgun
ammunition that functions at or above this uniform standard.
Require the Secretary of the Treasury to consult with law
enforcement representatives, sporting groups, bullet-proof vest
manufacturers, ammunition manufacturers, and the academic research
community in developing the regulations authorized by this Act.
Require the Secretary of the Treasury to provide copies of the
proposed regulations to the Congress, and provide that such regulations
would not take effect for 45 days thereafter, giving the Congress the
time to act to override them.