Biden administration considering ammunition ban: report

Is the Biden administration considering a limited ban on the sale of ammunition produced at a facility in Missouri.

According to a gun foundation, that’s exactly what the administration is mulling, though the White House has pushed back on that claim.

“The Lake City ammunition factory is one of the largest manufacturers of M855/SS109 ammo which is the most popular caliber for the most targeted firearm in the country: the AR-15,” The Federalist reported last week.

The ammunition plant is owned by the federal government, but is currently operated by Winchester Ammunition, a private company.

“In operation since 1941 to produce ammunition for the U.S. Army, the government contracts with the private firm Winchester to run the enterprise and sell any excess supplies on the open market. The plant also produces XM855 and XM193 ammunition,” The Federalist added.

But according to a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Biden administration is considering placing restrictions on Winchester’s ability to sell surplus ammunition on the civilian market.

“Winchester was informed that the government is considering restricting the manufacturing and commercial sale of legal ammunition produced at the Lake City, Mo., facility,” the spokesperson, Mark Oliva, told The Federalist.

If that happens, hundreds of people could be out of a job, Oliva said. And that’s not all.

“Such restrictions, Oliva said, would place 400 to 500 jobs in immediate jeopardy, reduce available ammunition in the market, and sever the nation’s wartime readiness,” according to The Federalist.

“This policy to deny the sale of excess ammunition not only would freeze over 30 percent of the 5.56mm/.223 caliber ammunition used by law-abiding gun owners,” Oliva said, “it risks the ammunition industry’s ability to surge production capacity for national defense if the costs to maintain the present workforce isn’t recouped through sales to the civilian market.”

In essence, Oliva told the Washington Examiner, the restrictions would “significantly reduce the availability of ammunition in the marketplace and put the nation’s warfighting readiness at risk.

“Both NSSF and Winchester strongly oppose this action,” he added.

An unnamed White House official, though, tried to downplay talk of restrictions at the Missouri ammunition plant.

Reports of a ban “are way off,” the official told the Examiner.

The news comes as bipartisan Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on the legislative framework for a package of gun control measures.

The framework “includes money to encourage states to pass and implement so-called ‘red flag’ laws to remove guns from potentially dangerous people, money for school safety and mental health resources, expanded background checks for gun purchases for people between the ages of 18 and 21 and penalties for illegal straw purchases by convicted criminals,” NPR reported.