The Biden administration is quietly moving forward with its effort to stifle the availability of legal ammunition to Americans even as Democrats use their media influence to claim they are working on good faith compromises with Republicans on gun control.
The Lake City ammunition factory in northwestern Missouri is facing closure as part of the White House war on law-abiding firearm owners. The plant is owned by the government and is one of the largest manufacturers of 5.56x45mm ammunition used primarily by AR-15 platform rifles.
The facility has been operating since World War II to supply ammunition to the U.S. Army. Winchester maintains the plant as a contractor with the federal government and has been authorized to sell surplus supplies and products to the public on the open market.
National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) spokesman Mark Oliva told reporters that Winchester has confirmed that it has been advised the federal government is considering restricting the distribution or sale of legal ammunition produced at the plant.
Oliva said that the proposed changes would hamper U.S. wartime readiness, put up to 500 jobs in jeopardy, and significantly reduce the amount of ammunition available to the public.
The Obama administration attempted to prohibit the sale of the “green tip” 5.56 ammo manufactured at the plant through a bureaucratic amendment in Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) regulations. The ATF attempted to change the definition of the ammo to include it in the “armor-piercing” category, even though it is much less lethal than common rifle ammo found on the market.
The controversy around the attempted regulatory ban led to the retirement of then-director of the ATF Todd Jones.
In the last week, a bipartisan group of senators announced an agreement for a framework for new gun control legislation. The group includes at least 10 Republicans, which would put the gun control measure at the 60-vote threshold needed to pass legislation over a GOP filibuster.
The framework promotes expanded background checks and so-called “red flag” laws which would permit the seizure of guns owned by Americans with questionable due process protections.
The group of Senate Republicans working with Democrats to enact gun control legislation is led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).