Issues by Topic: Ammunition

December 5, 2013

U.S. Ammunition Industry to Survive Closure of Lead Smelter

We previously reported on the closure of the nation's last primary lead smelter due to tightened EPA standards on ambient air quality.  As the date for closure of the smelter approaches, there has been a significant amount of speculation concerning the effect of the smelter's closure on the availability and price of ammunition.
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May 31, 2013

Rumor Control: Ammo Shortages Revisited!

As attacks on our Second Amendment rights increase, there is a predictable uptick in the number of internet rumors concerning firearms and ammunition.  In particular, NRA-ILA receives frequent inquiries regarding ammo shortages.  A rumor that surfaced earlier this year was actually a variation of an old one, and claimed that George Soros owns "most of the ammunition manufacturing companies and many arms manufacturers," and that he's "selling ONLY to the government right now."   This simply isn't true. As noted in a past statement by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, "George Soros does not own ANY manufacturers of ammunition or firearms.  No manufacturer of either guns or ammunition has been ordered by the government to limit or alter its supply channels.  All manufacturers are trying their best to catch up to this market, but it's a simple matter of supply vs. demand.  There is way too much demand for manufacturers to meet with supply.  There is not enough tooling, infrastructure or raw materials at the ready anywhere in the entire world to keep up with current consumer demand.  And that's why we are seeing shortages."
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March 1, 2013

Rumor Control: Ammo Shortages!

As attacks on our Second Amendment rights increase, there is a predictable uptick in the number of internet rumors concerning firearms and ammunition. 
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February 5, 2013

S. 150: The Biggest Proposed Gun and Magazine Ban in American History

Like other gun control supporters, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) campaigned for banning handguns in the 1980s.1 Since the early 1990s, however, she has campaigned for banning a variety of firearms—mostly rifles—she calls “assault weapons,” along with any firearm magazine that holds 11 or more rounds of ammunition, which she calls “large.” Feinstein sponsored the federal “assault weapon” and “large” magazine ban imposed from 1994 to 2004.
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December 6, 2012

BATFE Taking Comments on "Sporting Purposes" Exemption to "Armor Piercing Ammunition" Law Until Dec. 31

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is taking public comments on its website until December 31, with regard to how it should determine what types of projectiles meet the "sporting purposes" exception to the federal "armor piercing ammunition" law. At this time, the question centers primarily around rifle-caliber projectiles made of metals harder than lead, such as the Barnes Bullets solid brass hunting bullets.
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September 24, 2012

October 2012 Political Report: Colorado Tragedy Leads to Proposed Ammo and Magazine Limits

Before police had even finished collecting evidence from the scene of the Aurora movie theater murders, Second Amendment opponents had begun exploiting the tragedy in an attempt to assail the rights of law-abiding gun owners, a predictable reaction that will do nothing to prevent similar events for occurring.
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August 31, 2012

California Fish and Game Commission Rejects Proposed Expansion of Lead Ammo Ban

In a victory for hunters and sport shooters, on August 8, the California Fish and Game Commission rejected a proposal to expand the existing ban on the use of lead ammunition that applies to hunting in certain parts of California. The proposal would have expanded the existing ban on the use of lead ammunition, now applicable only in the limited "Condor Zone" created by AB 821, to also include State Wildlife Areas, Ecological Reserves, and depredation hunts.
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August 17, 2012

Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Buy Ammunition

You may recently have seen some in the Internet rumor mill feverishly repeating the obvious truth above, in an effort to stir up fear about recent acquisitions of ammunition by the Department of Homeland Security and a number of smaller agencies. The mildest writers have questioned why seemingly mundane agencies would need ammunition at all; more incendiary authors suggest that these government agencies are preparing for a war with the American people.
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ILA Alert

July 26, 2012

Federal Ammunition Sales Regulation: A Proven Failure

Recent calls for federal regulations and restrictions on ammunition sales ignore the failure of such laws in the past. They also ignore the impracticality of imposing and enforcing similar controls in today's huge ammunition market. The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates that 10-12 billion rounds of ammunition are produced domestically each year, while billions more are imported.
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September 20, 2011

H.R. 1558 Protects Traditional Ammunition

In response to an August 2010 petition to the Environmental Protection Agency asking the agency to ban traditional lead ammunition and fishing equipment, U.S. Representatives Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Mike Ross (D-Ark.), Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) have introduced H.R. 1558, the “Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act.” Companion legislation, S.838, has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and John Thune (R-S.D.).
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November 12, 2010

EPA Rejects Lead Ammo Ban

Responding to a grassroots outcry from gun owners, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Aug. 27 that it had denied a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and other radical groups that had sought a nationwide ban on the use of lead in ammunition.
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January 23, 2010

Political Report: Raw Deal: California Passes Ammo Registration

If you asked people to name the biggest problem in our country today, many would tell you it`s the economy. If you asked gun owners to name the biggest problem that prevents them from enjoying the shooting sports, many would tell you it`s the ammunition shortage. Now, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has made it worse.
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October 13, 2009

Governor Schwarzenegger/California Lawmakers Squander Limited Financial Resources on Firearm Owner Registration Scheme

Fairfax, Va. - Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a severe yet impotent gun control measure into law. Assembly Bill 962, taking effect on February 1, 2011, mandates individuals purchasing...
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March 11, 2009

Lead Ammo Ban by National Park Service an Anti-Hunting Move

Fairfax, Va. -- The National Park Service has announced its intention to ban traditional ammunition containing lead in all its parks. The move would needlessly push hunters to use more...
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September 26, 2008

"Micro-Stamping" (Summary)

In 1969, President Lyndon B. Johnson's National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence recommended "a system of giving each gun a number and the development of some device to imprint this number on each bullet fired from the gun."
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September 25, 2008

Ammunition Summary

Americans use upwards of seven billion rounds of small arms (rifle, shotgun and handgun) ammunition every year, mostly for target practice, competition and hunting.
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August 1, 2008

Why Microstamping and Bullet Serialization Won’t Work

A firearm examiner dispels the myths of these common gun-ban schemes being pushed in states throughout the nation.
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April 23, 2008

No Bullets, No Shooting!

All gun owners are familiar with the 17th century maxim, "Keep your powder dry.” But if we expect to be gun owners in the 21st century, we have to update that to read, “Keep your powder—and all the rest of your ammunition—at all.” That’s because politicians who want to ban guns, but who don’t have the votes in Congress and state legislatures, are trying to achieve the same effect by banning the manufacture, importation, sale and possession of as much ammunition as possible, and severely restricting the rest.
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April 10, 2008

National Academy of Sciences Says a “Ballistic Imaging” Database “Should Not Be Established”

On March 5, the National Academy of Sciences released Ballistic Imaging, the report of a committee assigned to evaluate the feasibility, accuracy and technical capability of a possible national database of so-called “ballistic images” from new guns sold in the United States.
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January 25, 2008

"Encoded Ammunition"/Bullet Serialization

"Encoded Ammunition" (Bullet and Cartridge Case Serialization) Means:* Forfeiture of Currently-Owned Ammunition * A Separate Registration for Every Box of New Ammunition * Outrageously Expensive Ammunition Costs for Police & Private Citizens Alike *A Waste of Taxpayer Money, Better Spent on Traditional Police Programs
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December 19, 2007

Sliding Down The Slippery Slope

As California goes, so goes the nation," is a familiar saying in politics. No one hopes more than gun-control extremists that the saying is true. If Congress and other states follow California's increasingly aggressive lead on banning guns and ammunition, and carry it to its extreme conclusion, most or all guns will eventually be illegal to sell, and most or all ammunition will eventually be illegal to shoot.
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October 29, 2007

"Micro-Stamping": Incremental Gun Prohibition Advances in California

On October 13, Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California, signed AB1471 into law. As of January 1, 2010, the law will define (and prohibit the sale of) any newly-designed semi-automatic pistol as an “unsafe handgun,” unless the pistol is equipped with two or more internal parts that imprint, onto the cartridge case of a fired round of ammunition, a microscopic array of characters that identify the make, model and serial number of the pistol. Despite claims by the bill’s supporters that it benefits police efforts, it wasn’t supported by statewide police groups.
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October 13, 2006

Bill To Seek 'Castle Doctrine' Crime Protection

Bill To Seek 'Castle Doctrine' Crime Protection
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May 6, 2005

Lockyer, Dunn and Perata Misrepresent Their Bullet Registration Scheme

On April 26, 2005, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, Sen. Joe Dunn and Senate President pro tem Don Perata held a press conference announcing the introduction of SB 357, a bill to mandate that all handgun ammunition carry a unique serial number engraved on the casing of each cartridge and on the bottom of every bullet. During this conference, Lockyer made a number of claims in support of the bill that are not supported by the facts. The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute, Inc. responded to those claims, and provided important insight into the real impact of this ill-conceived legislation.
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March 9, 2005

Lautenberg, Schumer Join Brady Campaign In Lying About the FN Five-seveN Pistol

Given the large number of lies that anti-gun groups and politicians have told over the years, we hesitate to say that this is the most dishonest and deceptive thing we have ever heard from them. But what they are saying about Fabrique Nationale`s Five-seveN pistol is among the most dishonest and deceptive to date.
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January 31, 2003

Review AB1717 report Technical Evaluation: Feasibility of a Ballistics Imaging Database for All New Handgun Sales

Review AB1717 report Technical Evaluation: Feasibility of a Ballistics Imaging Database for All New Handgun Sales Dr. Jan De Kinder Ballistics Section, Head National Institute for...
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January 31, 2003

CA Attorney General Lockyer Reports Ballistic "Fingerprinting" Flawed

Bill Lockyer (D) has finally acknowledged what NRA has been saying for some time—any ballistic "fingerprinting" scheme implemented today would be flawed and unworkable.
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October 5, 2001

Technical Evaluation: Feasibility of Ballistics Imaging Database for All New Handgun Sales

Automated computer matching systems do not provide conclusive results. Rather, a list of potential candidates are presented that must be manually reviewed. When applying this technology to the concept of mass sampling of manufactured firearms, a huge inventory of potential candidates will be generated for manual review. This study indicates that this number of candidate cases will be so large as to be impractical and will likely create complications so great that they cannot be effectively addressed.
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May 22, 2001

Los Angeles Handgun Taskforce Report

The following letter which was submitted to the Los Angeles City Council by Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski outlines the main provisions of her proposal to combine the Hernandez and...
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July 27, 2000

"Armor Piercing Ammunition" & "Plastic Gun" Non-Issues

In an effort to scare voters on the gun issue, politicians often try to resurrect two phony issues: "Plastic Guns" and "Armor-Piercing Ammunition."
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July 29, 1999

Taggants And Gun Powders

A congressionally-mandated study concluded that taggants or markers in black and smokeless powders were unfeasible and of uncertain value.
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ILA Alert

July 29, 1999

History Of Federal Ammunition Law . . .

In 1966, Lorain County, Ohio, coroner Dr. Paul Kopsch, Lorain Police Sgt. Daniel Turcus, Jr., and Dr. Kopsch`s special investigator, Donald Ward, began designing special-purpose handgun ammunition for law enforcement agencies` use. The objective was to provide police with handgun ammunition capable of penetrating hard materials such as automobile doors, cinder blocks and walls.
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