This isn’t a fever-swamp conspiracy theory; this is happening right now.
Ever since the first whispers of a global pandemic began circulating, ammo has been expensive and hard to get. Most of this has been due to panic buying, although global and national supply-chain issues have played a big role as well. Every time the supply seems to loosen up, some new crisis rears its ugly head and America does more panic-buying. Now, the Biden administration has decided to make that at least 30 percent worse. Better still, they’re proving just how “popular” gun control really is by making this move quietly, behind the scenes, in hopes of springing it on the public as a fait accompli. We here at Popular EDC–together with the folks over at NRA-ILA–think this latest move by the Biden administration needs some sunshine and visibility among the people most likely to be affected … you.
Naturally, the first thing you’ll want to know is where you can still get ammunition at last week’s prices. The good news is that we have locked in some deals with our partners at Two Birds Outdoors that will remain in place for a few more days … at the time of this writing, there’s still stock!
And now, for the information you need to know about what’s happening, why, and how to fight it. Take it away, NRA-ILA!
Treachery! White House Moves to Strangle U.S. Ammunition Supply
THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2022
By NRA-ILA Staff
Last night, news broke that the Biden Administration is taking behind-the-scenes steps to further strangle the already constricted market for ammunition in the United States. The move could result in a reduction of the commercial production of 5.56 caliber ammunition by over thirty percent.
The move, if completed, would dramatically reduce availability of ammunition for America’s most popular rifle (and, not coincidentally, the one most targeted by gun prohibitionists).
Supplies would undoubtedly plummet and prices would undoubtedly skyrocket, putting the availability of ammunition for self-defense, training, and competition out of reach to many Americans.
News of the move was broken by Larry Keane, the general counsel and senior vice president at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the leading trade association for America’s firearms and ammunition industries. Keane on Wednesday night published a tweet, which stated: “The U.S. Military is actively considering shutting down the sale [of] M855/SS109 ammo from Lake City to the commercial market.”
The cartridges mentioned in Keane’s post are very popular forms of 5.56 caliber ammunition, the most common caliber for the AR-15.
Close followers of Second Amendment issues will remember that these same rounds were targeted by the Obama/Biden administration under the guise of relabeling them “armor piercing ammunition,” which is banned from commercial sale by federal law. The resulting (and righteous) furor from the Second Amendment community was so intense that it culminated in Obama’s ATF director, B. Todd Jones, quitting his job. Jones had been the first and only confirmed ATF director since Senate approval became required for that post.
Lake City is a sprawling ammunition plant in Independence, Missouri, originally established by Remington in 1941 to manufacture and test Ammunition for the U.S. Army. It is currently owned by the government and operated by private contractors and produces well over a billion rounds of ammunition per year.
Ammunition in excess of the government’s requirements has long been made available to the private commercial market. Lake City’s output, according to some estimates, accounts for one-third of the 5.56 caliber ammunition available to U.S. consumers.
Of course, gun prohibition advocates have a long-standing desire to ban the AR-15 and other types of semiautomatic long guns outright. Joe Biden in particular loves to brag of authoring the so-called “assault weapons” ban that Bill Clinton signed into law in 1994. Congress, however, allowed the ban to expire 10 years later, after a Department of Justice sponsored study was unable to substantiate any significant crime reduction benefit from it.
Needless to say, this attack on America’s ammunition supply is just the most recent in a long line of anti-freedom attacks by the Biden Administration.
NRA will be working to fight this effort to crush America’s ammunition supply, just as we did with the last attack on M855 ammunition, and will provide updates as more information becomes available.
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