Obama’s latest attempt at Gun Control? – Lead Bullets

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If anyone has wondered the reason ammunition has been scarce lately, even those common bullets like .22 long-rifles, these next three stories may shed a bit of light on the situation.

Seems the Obama administration can’t regulate guns by executive order, but what it can do is consider lead bullets an environmental hazard.

It won’t be long before gun owner will not be able to find a lead bullet manufactured in America.  And what if, the President decides to ban imports of ammunition?  You guessed it, your gun becomes a door stop.

Come 2014, all ammunition sold to civilian gun-owners in America will have to be imported, a bulletsresult of President Obama’s crackdown on sulfur dioxide and lead emissions and accompanying harsh Environmental Protection Agency regulations, said former Florida congressman, Lt. Col. Allen West.

And for defenders of the Second Amendment, that means higher ammo prices are likely on the way — a situation Mr. Allen writes on his blog, AllenBWest.com, is akin to a federal power-grab on guns, albeit through the backdoor. He said the situation stemmed from the shutdown of The Doe Run Lead Smelter in Missouri, a business that’s been around since 1892 but due to close at the end of this month. Mr. West said it’s due to new air standards placed on the company that would have cost $100 million to achieve.

Read more: Obama has EPA Close lead mines

Miller Disagrees – EPA closing smelter will not affect ammunition supply

“Manufacturers use recycled lead to make ammunition. They don’t buy from smelters,” Mr. Keane told me Monday. “The EPA closing, which has been in the works for a while, will have no impact on production, supply or cost to the consumers.”

A primary smelter is like a coal mine — it takes the lead out of the ground and turns it into a usable product. The more than 100-year-old Doe Run Lead Smelter is closing its Herculaneum plant at the end of the year to comply with air-quality standards set by the EPA.

American ammunition manufacturers use lead that has been recycled from a variety of everyday products, like car batteries and tire weights.

Ammunition supply has been at historic lows over the last year. This has led some to believe Internet conspiracy theories blaming Mr. Obama, such as the Department of Homeland Security buying up the civilian supply.

Others insist Ammo Prices will Surge as EPA Regulations Close Lead Smelter

Because of heightened EPA regulations, Doe Run Company’s Herculaneum lead smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri—the last U.S. smelter of its kind—is closing its doors on December 31, 2013.

Once this happens, the lead for traditional ammunition will have to be imported, thus driving up the price for bullets, shotgun shells, etc.

The Herculaneum smelter has been operating in the same location since 1892. And according to the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), “it is the only smelter in the United States which can produce lead bullion from raw lead ore,” so once it closes, the only lead smelters left in the nation will be ones that recycle lead from existing items “such as lead acid batteries or spent ammunition components.”

More – Price Surge

Allen West says that the EPA forced Shutdown of The Doe Run Lead Smelter didn’t happen in 2008, Happened in 2010

Thanks to Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we can no longer smelt lead from ore in the United States.The first contact the EPA made with The Doe Run Lead Smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri (population 2,800) was in 2008 but it was in 2010 that the EPA finally forced Doe Run to plan a shut down. This plant has been in operation since 1892 but will finally close its doors this month. It was the last lead smelting plant in the US.

The closedown is due to new extremely tight air quality restrictions placed on this specific plant. President Obama and his EPA raised the regulations by 10 fold and it would have cost the plant $100 million to comply.

In response to the Doe Run lead smelter shutdown, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the Doe Run Company “made a business decision” to shut down the smelter instead of installing pollution control technologies needed to reduce sulfur dioxide and lead emissions as required by the Clean Air Act.

Read more at – Backdoor gun control is here: no lead means no bullets

No matter which position your hold on the Doe Run Lead Smelter closing and the Obama EPA role, we suggest gun owners  stock up while you can or purchase some reloading equipment as ammo is about to get expensive.

Note:  The Blaze points out (and is mentioned in this story) the plant mentioned in this story agreed to close it’s plant back in 2008 differing from Allen West’s position (before President Obama was elected.) As for our headline,  The Huffington Post said The Obama administration was looking into potential ways to limit ammunition. The  EPA appears to be encouraging States to ban lead ammunition but has refused to ban lead ammunition on its own.

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