Bullets fly as David Bryan Challenges Bill Karr's Concerns About Lead Ammo Availability
In Karr's story he writes:
"And we wonder if—like so many other things now coming to light with the federal government—it was planned to impact ammunition manufacturing."
But David Bryan responds:
The lead used in ammunition in the civilian marketplace in the United States comes almost exclusively from secondary sources, such as recycled car batteries. The National Sports Shooting Foundation has said that they do not foresee the closing of the Herculaneum smelter, which processes primary lead, from having any effect on cost or availability of traditional lead ammunition. The National Sports Shorting Foundation works with the ammunition manufacturing sector. Remember, EPA was sued by the Center for Biological Diversity to force the banning of lead shot. U.S. EPA has told the U.S. courts that it does not have standing under the Toxic Substances Control Act to ban lead shot. The U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld EPA's stand on the issue. Doe Run has a long history of violations of several environmental laws including federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Emergency Planning and Right-to-Know Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (sometimes known as Superfund), and the Missouri Air Conservation Law, Clean Water Law and Hazardous Waste Management Law.
Bill Karr story, "Elimination of lead a planned move?" is in the Mt Democrat. It reads, in part:
The last lead smelter in the United States—which produces lead bullion from raw lead ore for ammunition manufacturers, among other purposes–is set to close in December due to the EPA increasing air quality standards 10-fold, according to the NRA-ILA.
Several “secondary” smelters, where lead is recycled from products such as lead acid batteries or spent ammunition components, still operate in the United States. But the primary source for lead ammunition is closing...
Karr's concerns are also expressed by Mac Slavo in, "Gov Targets Ammo Supply Lines: Prices to Rise Sharply As America’s Last Lead Supplier Calls It Quits"
A couple of years ago we opined that the anti-gun establishment had found a loophole for the Second Amendment and that rather than targeting the banning of all firearms, they would instead turn their attention to ammunition.
The government’s most recent efforts to reduce open market availability through taxation, individual purchase restrictions and a massive stockpiling effort by the Department of Homeland Security has forced ammunition prices to nearly triple, while also dwindling supplies of many popular calibers.
But they’re not done yet.
In fact, they may have finally found a way to circumvent U.S.-based domestic production altogether.
The all-out attack on Americans’ gun rights is now being taken to the next level.
The goal is to regulate all forms of ammunition out of existence, and they’re starting with Doe Run, which is the last of America’s domestic lead processing and manufacturing facilities.
Now, the only ore-to-lead producer in America… the largest in the Western world… has been shut down by EPA regulation.
EPA’s regulatory uncertainty and an estimated $100 million to convert [to non-smelter manufacturing] caused the company to finally throw in the towel.
It’s not just ammunition that’s dissapearing. American industry… American jobs…. are being regulated out of existence as well.
Lead’s still going to be manufactured in China, but it’ll be done without any environmental oversight, it’ll be scarce, it’ll be expensive, and we’ll have fragile supply lines.
It’s party of multi-pronged attack on ammunition.
- Drying up the market by hoarding billions of rounds
- Shutting down the market with background checks, registration, and banning of online sales
- Environmental regulation to ban the use and manufacture of lead
And after we can no longer manufacture ammunition domestically we have the UN Arms Trade Treaty to stop the importation of ammunition.
…If you look at the multiple ways they’re trying to remove all ammunition… not just certain guns they believe are dangerous… there’s no question that this is about all-out gun control.