Allen West, NRA warn EPA causing ammo shortage in back-door gun grab

Former U.S. Rep. Allen West is joining the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups to warn that an attack by the Obama administration’s EPA on a Missouri lead processing operation is really part of a back-door attack on the Second Amendment.

In a column posted on his website Sunday, West wrote about the Doe Run company’s lead smelting operation in Herculaneum, Mo., which is being forced to close after the Environmental Protection Agency required it to spend up to $100 million on upgrades the plant.

ammunition1202But to anyone outside Washington, D.C., $100 million is a lot of money – too much, in this case. Doe Run, the last primary lead smelter in the United States, is closing on Dec. 31, eliminating 145 jobs in a town of about 3,400 people.

It will also eliminate the last place for refining lead other than scrap metal in the country, meaning the U.S. will have to import refined lead used for everything from batteries to airport metal detectors and medical devices, thetrumpet.com reports.

And ammunition.

And here’s where West is joining with the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

In an October report, the NRA/ILA wrote:

“At this time, it’s unclear if Doe Run or another company will open a new lead smelter in the United States that can meet the more stringent lead air quality standards by using more modern smelting methods.   What is clear is that after the Herculaneum smelter closes its doors in December, entirely domestic manufacture of conventional ammunition, from raw ore to finished cartridge, will be impossible.

That means the U.S. military will be dependent on foreign sources — like China — for ammunition for its weapons. Even libs should see the problem with that.

It also mean American gun owners, already facing a long-term ammunition shortage, are looking at a future of more expensive, harder-get-get bullets for the guns the president and his “base” already want to get rid of.

The Obama water carriers at MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” posted a column in October pre-emptively attacking the “conspiracy theory” that an openly, fanatically anti-gun president would use an aggressive Environmental Protection Agency to try a back-door enforcement of gun control. The writer points out that the EPA first started looking at Doe Run during in 2008 under President Bush.

But the MSNBC writer is missing the point (probably deliberately). It really doesn’t matter if the original aim of the EPA’s fixation on Doe Run was really to shut down ammunition manufacture in the United States.

The bottom line is that is what it is doing. And it’s hard to believe the libs that elected this ruinous president are anything but ecstatic about the sneak attack’s success.

As West writes:

Not only will ammo be even harder to come by, the demand and the process of supply will cause the price to skyrocket even more. And ponder this, there is an excellent chance that Obama will rig the market to where all ammo has to be purchased from the government instituting an ammo registration.

So America, back door gun control is moving forward and while we are all distracted with Obamacare and Iran nuclear negotiations, our Second Amendment rights are undergoing an assault by clandestine infiltration … [Obama] He is seeking to outflank, envelope, and destroy the Second Amendment. Now it’s our move in 2014.

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About Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • Arden Hale

    I understand your concern however I used to live in that area of Missouri and that plant was going under with or without the regulations. Guys, bullets can be made of other materials. Try plastics. Some of them are as tough as metal.

    • Jim Davis

      They use lead for weight not strength. You need mass and energy to effect your target. Other materials also destroy rifle barrels. If your bullet doesn’t conform to the lands and grooves in the rifling your accuracy sucks.

      • Arden Hale

        We’re in the 21st Century we’re going to have to find a way to make it work. We have to go around them. Most of the truly innovative people are on our side. And seriously Doe Run was in trouble long before Obama. This shutdown has been waiting in the wings for years.

  • Renee LaPresta

    Still live here. Two in my home currently work at the Herky plant. EVERYTHING that goes into the plant comes out as a marketable product. Now we are going to ship the HEAVY raw material to China where they will smelt with NO CONSIDERATION for the environment so they can ship back an inferior lead at superior prices. Thank you EPA

  • Drake_Burrwood

    Tough is not the problem weight is the issue.

  • Drake_Burrwood

    “They’re” saying now it won’t affect prices. If our lead goes out to be smelted, when it comes back, will it come back under Treaty since it might be used to make weapons?

  • IAmThereforeIThink

    The Herculaneum plant is a primary smelter: it produces ‘virgin’ lead from newly mined lead ore. Most, if not all, ammo manufacturers use recycled lead from a variety of vendors. Following are answers from a couple of those manufacturers FAQs…

    The facility we buy from is still going strong and delivering to us as scheduled.”

    http://sierrabullets.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/sierra-responds-how-will-the-closure-of-the-lead-smelting-plant-affect-sierra-bullets/

    “DOES THE RECENT NEWS REGARDING A MAJOR U.S. LEAD SMELTER SHUTTING DOWN MEAN YOU’LL HAVE TROUBLE OBTAINING LEAD FOR MANUFACTURING CONVENTIONAL AMMUNITION?

    At this time we do not anticipate any additional strain on our ability to obtain lead.”

    http://www.federalpremium.com/company/faq.aspx

  • Eman Xavier

    BEWARE the BEAST MAN, for he is the Devil’s pawn. Alone among “AHAYAH’S” creations, he kills for sport, lust and greed. Yea, he will murder his brother Jacob; to possess his brother’s land. Let him [not] breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his moutian lair, for he is the harbinger of DEATH. He is the Eagle of Obadiah, Esau of Malachi, of Rome, Idumiea, Khazaria, Amaleck and the CAUCAS. With his Star of Moloc & Flag of Eagle; he kills for sport. He goes by many names. He is EDOM ! …
    BEWARE !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv2nanjanzI

  • Eman Xavier

    Quote from the – “Book of Eli”
    ” Those things are never loaded, you don’t have any bullets ! “

  • Redrider07

    This could be trouble, with a capital T. How is Homeland security going to get the 4 billion rounds it has on order. Dang EPA, TSA might have to respect the rights of american’s. Dang it.

    • Kenneth Clark

      The government controls the trade agreements. Their desires will come first over the people.
      It goes right back to… “Anything the government gives will be taken away”. They have the control cause we let them have it.

  • ThinkingLeader

    Regarding the Allen West claim about lead bullets. Other experts says he has a point. I interviewed the spokesperson at Doe Run who says there will be lead shortages. its simple supply and demand ..http://benswann.com/exclusive-what-the-media-is-not-telling-you-about-future-lead-ammo-shortages/

  • Bill Gutmeiler

    Alan West and the NRA are wacko on this subject. I’ve reached a point that I completely skip the first few pages of my Rifleman magazine each month out of disgust with the ranting fools who do nothing but vent their extreme views. The only redeeming article in this month’s issue is the one that points out clearly that shortages of ammo and reloading supplies are due mainly to gun owners hoarding, and in some cases re-selling at ridiculous prices, and the increase in the number of gun owners. So every rumor the NRA has been passing around about shortages and back door attacks on the 2nd Amendment is just empty-headed propaganda.