More Government-Created Ammunition Shortages Loom

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Under the Obama administration, we’ve seen federal agencies buy up so much ammunition that suppliers have been unable to keep pace with demand. Individual citizens have often had difficulty obtaining rounds at gun shops. Local police departments have even run short.

Now there’s a new threat to supplies of ammo. On December 31, 2013, the last primary lead smelter in the United States was shut down by the Environmental Protection Agency in the name of enforcing stringent new pollution standards. It’s true that much of the lead used in the manufacture of bullets comes from recycling. But crimping off the supply of new lead domestically will at least have the effect of raising costs over time and forcing potentially inferior products with alternative ingredients to hit the market.

Some states have already moved to ban conventional lead bullets, supposedly for the environment. Even the military will be forced to phase out lead ammo by 2018. reports that gun rights advocates “warn ‘green’ bullets will cost more, drive up copper prices and do little to help conservation… Copper bullets have a similar price point to high-end lead bullets, but can be as much as twice the cost of lower-end lead bullets.

Regardless of whether government bureaucrats are trying to smite gun owners and implement backdoor gun control, as has been alleged, or whether they’re sincerely motivated in efforts to protect the environment, their regulatory actions are setting up the potential for shortages and/or significant cost increases for ammunition.

If you own guns, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of ammunition stocked up for future use. The future cost and availability of ammunition can’t be counted on today.