[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1995, Book I)] [June 30, 1995] [Pages 990-991] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]
Message to the Congress Transmitting Legislation To Limit the Availability of Certain Handgun Ammunition June 30, 1995 To the Congress of the United States: Today I am transmitting for your immediate consideration and passage the ``Saving Law Enforcement Officers' Lives Act of 1995.'' This Act would limit the manufacture, importation, and distribution of handgun ammunition that serves little sporting purpose, but which kills law enforcement officers. The details of this proposal are described in the enclosed section-by-section analysis. Existing law already provides for limits on ammunition based on the specific materials from which it is made. It does not, however, address the problem of excessively powerful ammunition based on its performance. [[Page 991]] Criminals should not have access to handgun ammunition that will pierce the bullet-proof vests worn by law enforcement officers. That is the standard by which so-called ``cop-killer'' bullets are judged. My proposal would limit the availability of this ammunition. The process of designating such ammunition should be a careful one and should be undertaken in close consultation with all those who are affected, including representatives of law enforcement, sporting groups, the industries that manufacture bullet-proof vests and ammunition, and the academic research community. For that reason, the legislation requires the Secretary of the Treasury to consult with the appropriate groups before regulations are promulgated. The legislation also provides for congressional review of the proposed regulations before they take effect. This legislation will save the lives of law enforcement officers without affecting the needs of legitimate sporting enthusiasts. I urge its prompt and favorable consideration by the Congress. William J. Clinton The White House, June 30, 1995.