White House denies reports that it plans to restrict ammunition sales

In a bombshell allegation, the Washington Examiner reported that one of America’s largest ammunition manufacturers was allegedly informed that it may face new restrictions.  

Gun group’s claim

A representative from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) told the Examiner late last week that “the government is considering restricting the manufacturing and commercial sale of legal ammunition” made at a plant in Lake City, Missouri.

That facility is owned by Winchester Ammunition, which has a contract to produce ammunition for the United States military.

The company is currently permitted to sell off surplus stock once the military’s needs have been met, but NSSF spokesman Mark Oliva said it was warned that the practice may soon be banned.

He said in a statement that doing so will “significantly reduce the availability of ammunition in the marketplace and put the nation’s warfighting readiness at risk.”

Olivia added that both his organization and Winchester “strongly oppose this action” and said it “jeopardizes the fragile negotiations of the framework deal that was agreed to by the bipartisan group of senators.”

He said that such surplus sales currently account for around 30% of the 5.56 mm/.223 caliber market.

Biden admin’s denial

However, the Examiner noted that Oliva’s claim was denied by the White House, with an official telling the paper it was “way off.”

The Examiner also pointed out that there have been shortages of ammunition following a mass killing last month in Buffalo and another at a school in Uvalde, Texas.

Brian Marks serves as executive director of the University of New Haven’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, and he told the Examiner last month that such shortages are to be expected.

He explained how it is common for a mass shooting to stoke fears of new gun restrictions, thus boosting demand for weapons and ammunition.

“The typical hypothesis is that this is an exogenous shock, unanticipated, and as a result of a mass shooting, the reaction is there is an expectation that legislative steps will be undertaken to potentially restrict ammunition, access to guns,” Marks explained.

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