How fucking stupid are we as country to allow this shit. A basic metal. Despite the bullet issue, why would we put ourselves in this position?
The closure of the last lead smelter plant in America due to tightened Environmental Protection Agency rules will have an impact on ammunition supplies and costs, according to Gun Owners of America.
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"But combined with the government's large purchases of ammunition, it will make it harder and more expensive to purchase ammunition," Hammond said.
Former Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, put a statement on his website about the Doe Run plant closure, calling it a "back-door gun control" move on the part of the Obama administration and the EPA to tighten ammunition supplies.
Emily Miller, an award-winning writer recognized for her investigative work on Second Amendment issues and the author of "Emily Gets Her Gun … But Obama Wants to Take Yours," told Newsmax that the smelter plant closure "will not have any effect on the supply or price of ammunition" and that bullets in America "are made with recycled lead, which is plentiful and at no risk of running low."
Mike Bazinet, director of public affairs with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, agreed, telling Newsmax: "The closing of the smelter will have no effect on the supply or cost of ammunition in the United States for the simple reason that ammunition makers use recycled lead — not the primary lead that comes from that smelter."
Doe Run Company, which has been in operation since 1892, first announced in 2010 that its smelter plant would close, due to its inability "to meet the increasingly stringent environmental regulations imposed on primary lead smelters."
In a Nov. 7 statement on its website, the company addressed the impact of the closure on lead products by saying the metal has a multitude of uses, "including ammunition and construction metals."
"Those applications that require primary lead will need to import the lead metal in the future. Any additional demand for lead (above that which can be met through recycling at secondary smelters) will also have to be met through imports," the company said, sending the message that demand could one day exceed supply at the recycling plants.
Sierra Bullets, a manufacturer in Sedalia, Mo., in business since 1947, said in a Nov. 1 statement that the smelter plant closure was not likely to have a negative impact on operations in the near term, but it very well could in the future.
But to Hammond of the Gun Owners of America, those remarks aren't reassuring.
"You don't want people questioning if your company is going to shut down," he said.
"The people I have spoken with — they make bolts — don't seem to be that worried," Workman said of the Doe Run closure. "But bullet-makers in the United States are starting to produce projectiles that do not contain any lead. And probably, as time goes on, you'll see a gradual acceptance of this."
"Lead has a characteristic that tends not to explode when it hits a target. It doesn't break into 10,000 pieces as much as other metals do when [they] hit," Hammond said.