It was the search of the crime that turned up troubling evidence: a shell casing from an FN Herstal 5.7 pistol. It is a 20-round, Belgian-made semi-automatic that is capable of firing armor-piercing bullets that can penetrate a policeman’s protective vest. Wednesday morning, the Chicago department’s rangemaster said the rounds used in Tuesday’s shooting were not the armor-piercing variety, which by law cannot be sold to civilians.
So what’s the damned problem?Â Any center fire rifle cartridge can punch through level II and III body armor.Â This apparently wasn’t that type of ammunition. Â So who friggin cares?
But police are concerned that a concealable handgun capable of firing armor-piercing bullets is apparently in the hands of criminals.
“There is no reason for the average sportsman to have a weapon with a 20-round magazine capability for a handgun. There is just no point to it,” said Matthew Tobias, deputy superintendent.
Yeah, expect for the fact that the Five-Seven is a fantastic target gun, there’s no reason for anyone to own one.Â But because it might be able to penetrate level II and III armor, we should restrict it, even though a lot of rounds are capable of doing that.
Oh well, at least they aren’t talking about Virginia Tech.