Last month, U.S. Sen. David Vitter was giving away branded Mardi Gras koozies (for a $10 donation). This month he's running a sweepstakes: the chance to win a box of M855 ammunition, and it's free to enter.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) had proposed banning the bullets, which can be used in AR-15 semiautomatic rifles. Those in favor of the ban called the ammo — which can be used to pierce police armor — "cop-killing bullets," while those against the ban claimed no U.S. police officer has been killed with an M855.
Vitter and Louisiana's junior senator, Bill Cassidy, were among several dozen senatorial signatories on a letter to ATF Director Todd Jones protesting the ban. Faced with backlash from the National Rifle Association and Second Amendment supporters, President Barack Obama's administration abandoned the proposal last week.
As of press time, the bullet sweepstakes was still on. If you want to enter, visit www.davidvitter.com/ammo_giveaway.