Exclusive: What the Media is Not Telling You About Future Lead Ammo Shortages
by Joshua Cook
December 6, 2013
Both the left and the right have disputed Col. Allen West’s claim that President Obama is engaging in backdoor gun control by using the EPA to close down America’s primary lead smelter.
Col. West argued that without lead, gun manufacturers cannot make conventional ammunition, and accuses Obama of using backdoor gun control tactics to weaken the 2nd Amendment. Lawrence Keane, the senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which represents the ammunitions and firearms industry, told the Washington Times, “Manufacturers use recycled lead to make ammunition. They don’t buy from smelters.”
“The EPA closing, which has been in the works for a while, will have no impact on production, supply or cost to the consumers,” said Keane. Benswann.com’s Joshua Cook called the NSSF, but they could not be reached for comment.
What is unclear is how gun manufacturers will get their additional lead supply? Secondary smelters have only recycled lead from manufacturers. Secondary smelters only provide the service of processing the lead, which is then returned to the manufacturers.