Control of Ammunition Sales
Becomes the Gun Grabbers’
Weapon of Choice
The armed citizen is one of the surest defenses against tyranny. But take away the ammo and a gun is basically… just a rock.
The Geneva-based Small Arms Survey (the leading source for public international small arms information), estimates that there are some 270 million guns in the United States. That’s roughly 89 guns per 100 persons.
But the gun grabbers haven’t given up, of course, and that’s exactly why we are bringing light to one step necessary to maintain your right to bear arms – assuring your access to ammunition.
Lately, gun-control zealots have begun to accept that even if they could ban all guns, it is impractical for law enforcement to seize them door to door. They know that many people would become scofflaws rather than capitulate to such a frontal assault on the Second Amendment. And that it would result in a politically costly backlash from gun owners.
So the gun-grabbers new method of attack is simply to bypass the inconvenient fact of the Second Amendment, which they reason does not prevent government control over ammo supplies available to the public.
Behind the 2008-2009 Ammo Drought
At the beginning of the Obama administration, ammo shortages started cropping up, an understandable response to both a severe economic crisis and the election of a committed leftist as president. Prices spiked and ammo was hard to find.
Manufacturers weren’t ready – many factories went to 3 shifts, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to catch up to demand. Even so, gun and ammo manufacturers did not invest in more equipment or expand operations on a permanent basis because they predicted (correctly) that the run on the market was temporary.
Some pundits even speculated that rising metal prices, taking place at the same time, were the cause of rising ammo prices. That may be partially true, but not entirely accurate. An analysis on LewRockwell.com by shooting-sports advocate R. Brent Mattis shows how ammo prices moved higher even while the metals market corrected and came down. Prices were driven by supply and demand.
Are You Ready for a New Civil War?
A “Civil War” theme has been proposed by some Second Amendment advocates. They are alarmed by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) purchase of 450 million hollow-point bullets. What’s more, many other domestic-focused government agencies like the FBI, plus the innocuous sounding U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have also been putting in unusually large orders for ammo.
Many dark conspiracy theories conclude that the central government is gearing up for a fight against you and your neighbors. Despite pockets of social unrest in the U.S., and the rise in financial stress from a persistently weak economy, violent crime rates have been trending down over the last five years (according to FBI statistics).
Interestingly, gun sales have been hitting records over the same period – there may be a negative correlation between greater gun ownership and rising crime.
Score one for gun rights!
Government Agenda Seems to Be
“Make Ammo More Expensive, Less Available”
The more immediate problem is ammo-market distortion created by government buying. As government spends and stockpiles ammo, it takes away these resources from the private sector and raises prices.
But that’s not all. The government, at state and federal levels, is intent to regulate and micromanage the private production of ammo. It’s throwing all kinds of ammo-related legislation at the wall, hoping something sticks.
Killing Your Gun Rights Slowly through Micromanagement
Ammo regulation comes in many forms:
“Sin taxes” on ammo, making it more expensive;
Controlling the kinds of ammo you can buy;
Controlling the types of clips you can own;
Controlling the supply of ammo and military-sourced spent brass;
Microstamping or putting an individual serial number on each bullet to raise the cost and burden for producing ammo;
Requiring you to register or submit to bureaucratic paperwork to buy ammo;
Using environmental policy to regulate ammo;
And dictating how and where you can buy ammo that increases the burden of gun ownership.
In effect, you can keep your guns, but they’re going to make it as difficult as possible to obtain ammo.
What Can You Do about It?
At the moment, ammo prices have come down compared to the 2008-2009 period. However, sales numbers are nonetheless predicted to be brisk. Buy ammo in bulk now if you can find it at a good price. Stocking up is a good move that many have already made.
Hand Load Your Own Ammo for Fun,
Profit, and Self-Reliance
We expect that hand loader equipment will quietly disappear or become heavily licensed at point of sale as a consumer option going forward, which makes this a potentially good investment now. Unregistered ammo is what all thinking Americans should prepare themselves to have. Perhaps a trip down to your local gun shop to look at the various ammo reload kits now on the market would be a prudent step.
In addition, back in the last ammo drought, reload supplies were even harder to come by. Something to think about going forward.
Many hand loaders say they can save quite a bit of money per round, and their return on investment accelerates as they become more proficient at reloading. The savings realized also increases with larger size calibers. Other important benefits:
It’s a hobby they enjoy;
They can often shoot a better quality round for less than the low-end round bought in a store;
They are able to customize and better control how their ammunition functions and its accuracy;
It gives them “quiet time” in their exclusive “man-cave-safety-reloading-room”;
Producing their own ammo with their bare hands gives them a strong sense of pride;
Reloading gives them independence and acts as a buffer from ammo control laws or schemes that may pop up in the future.
For the moment, ammo reload kits are easily bought online or at your local trusted gun shop, and one can be found to fit almost any budget.
A new basic kit can run less than a few hundred dollars. Buying a quality used kit can save money and include optional equipment at a bargain. Find a kit that matches the caliber you shoot. Many kits also allow you to modify or increase the variety of calibers you can reload by buying add-on equipment: 9mm, .45, .222, rimmed, shotgun shells… you name it.
At bare minimum, the reload kit should include everything you need to hand load your ammo. However, the kit probably won’t contain casings, rounds, primers, or gun powder. These need to be purchased separately. Experienced hand loaders pick up free spent casings at shooting ranges and others even pour their own bullets.
With the trend of sneaky ammo regulation seeking to strangle ammo and anything related to ammo, it’s not hard to imagine that reload kits and supplies may be the next targets.
Remember that “forewarned is forearmed” – but only if you take action now. We urge you to consider your options now, and take the initiative while you still have freedom of action.