NOTE: For what it’s worth, Team Biden has denied the below “backdoor ban” plan, and might have backed down since the letter was sent.
Though the Democrats might not be able to push an assault rifle ban through the Congress right now, even with the RINOs that just signed away some of our gun rights still entrenched in the Senate, they haven’t given up entirely.
Rather, it appears that they might just be taking a backdoor ban route, using their current control over a US Army munitions plant to throttle the supply of ammunition available to the public. Thus, though they would not have actually banned weapons, they would have limited the ability of Americans to train with and shoot them.
That, at least, is the contention of a number of Republican lawmakers, to claim to expose that plot in a letter sent to Biden, a letter in which they also bash the idea and expose all the various ways in which it’s a terrible idea.
Beginning the letter, the representatives expose the plan, or at least what they claim the plan is, and note why the military currently allows commercial ammunition producers to use it, saying:
It has come to our attention that the United States Army is considering an unusual decision to ban the commercial production of certain types of 5.56mm caliber ammunition produced by the Government-Owned, Contractor Operated facility known as the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. Lake City currently produces a significant portion of this type of 5.56mm ammunition for the commercial market. Having the ability to produce this product for commercial sale allows the operating contractor to maintain capacity and keep the facility at a high state of readiness, at no cost to the government. This ensures the Army is ready to ramp up production in the event of a national emergency.
So not only would it be a major blow to the civilian ammo market, but it would also be a blow to military readiness. Perhaps they can focus on their pronouns instead of readiness and warfighting.
Continuing, the representatives then continue to explain the consequences of a closure of the plant to the civilian market, hammering the move as being an attack on the 2nd Amendment, a major problem for the military, and something that would both increase the cost to the taxpaying public while making it harder for the contractor running the plant to produce ammunition. Making those points, they say:
Not only will this decision have significant negative consequences for the workforce at the facility, but it will compromise Army readiness by further delaying the deployment of the Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW). Specifically, this decision will result in the immediate termination of up to 500 highly skilled employees and undermine the facility’s ability to hire and retain the skilled workforce needed to carry out the contract with the Department of Defense.
Additionally, the decision will exacerbate an already serious shortage of ammunition in the commercial market currently facing law-abiding gun owners. Severely limiting the commercially available 5.56mm ammunition, which is most popularly used in modern sporting rifles (MSRs), is effectively a politically sanctioned semi-automatic rifle ban. This blatantly infringes on the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution by limiting law-abiding gun owners’ ability to legally purchase or use lawful semi-automatic rifles.
Finally, production of commercial ammunition returns dollars back to the government for infrastructure projects at the facility. Prohibiting the contractor’s ability to produce commercial ammunition would have a negative impact on both Lake City and the Army’s ammunition industrial base budget. This will ultimately result in increased costs for taxpayers at a time when inflation has hit every part of the economy, including the cost and availability of ammunition.
They then end the letter by calling Biden out once again on the “backdoor” ban attempt and urging him to reconsider, saying:
We urge you to immediately end consideration of this action, which we view as a backdoor attempt to bypass Congress and ban legal and highly popular commercial ammunition and certain semi-automatic rifles used by law-abiding Americans across the country.
Summing up what Team Biden is doing with the attempted plant closure, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, one of the writers of the letter, said:
“This is a backdoor attempt by President Biden to bypass Congress and ban legal and highly popular commercial ammunition used by law-abiding Americans across the country. The Biden administration has made their priorities clear: dismantle the Second Amendment, compromise military readiness, and push inflation to new heights. It’s time for the Biden administration to stop its attack on our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”