Environmental Extremists + ATF = Total Ammunition Ban

Environmental Extremists’ Lead Bullet Ban + ATF’s “Armor Piercing” Ammo Ban = Total Ammunition Ban.

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Ammunition Bans

San Diego, CA –-(Ammoland.com)- There are two more regulatory storm fronts moving in that may make it difficult or impossible to get the ammunition that firearm owners need to defend themselves and their families, and to engage in the shooting sports.

The uncoordinated attacks come separately from neo-enviro groups and from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. But taken together, these two separate proposals from these two separate groups create a perfect storm that could potentially result in an absolute ban on almost all ammunition.

The extremist environmental groups are trying to ban lead ammunition. Federal law already bans the use of lead ammunition to take water fowl, but these groups will not be satisfied until all lead ammunition use is prohibited. They claim that the minuscule levels of lead introduced into the environment by hunters causes harm to persons and wildlife (most notably the California condor). This junk science resulted in the state legislature passing a ban on lead ammunition in central California. Not content with leaving ammunition banned within California borders, the groups have expanded their push to ban lead ammunition into other states and at the federal level.

The groups pushing for bans on lead ammunition argue that there are less toxic substances than lead available to make bullets. In making this push they suggest that ammunition should be made from alternate materials such as tungsten alloys, bismuth, steel, iron, brass, copper or bronze instead of lead.

Meanwhile, the second front against ammunition comes from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and stems from its attempts to determine whether certain types of ammunition are “armor piercing” under the law.

The problem? Many, if not all of the alternate metals that the neo-enviros want the bullets to be made from can fall under the “armor piercing” ammunition definition due to the hardness of the “green” non-lead metals.

ATF is also reviewing what types of ammunition is “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.” ATF could use that determination to ban any ammunition that isn’t suitable for sporting purposes.

What is suitable for sporting purposes? Lead ammunition, the very ammunition that the neo-enviros want to ban.

Ammunition consumers are caught in the middle between the neo-enviros push to ban lead ammunition, and the ATF’s pending re-characterization of “armor piercing” ammunition and ammunition not for “sporing purposes” to mean all non-lead ammunition. If both sides get their way, there could be nothing left.

For a more comprehensive memo on these topics, click here.

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Will Malven

I am forced to wonder if this isn't precisely why the DHS has purchased 1.2 billion rounds of ammunition. Perhaps they are preparing for an upcoming total ban on ammunition manufacturing. Lead ammo banned by the EPA as being detrimental to our environment (even though lead is a naturally occurring element in nature) and all of the metal alternatives banned by the ATF as "armor piercing." That 1.2 billion rounds is, by the DHS's own FLETC website, sufficient for over 60 years of training requirements. Perhaps by then, they think they won't need to use conventional arms because all of… Read more »

Chad E. Collins

I agree we need to get away from lead ammo just because it is a natural element doesn't mean it is nontoxic but the armor piercing round ban is stupid quite a few hunting rounds can punch through a vest and the shooter can just aim at the head lead ammo ban is for all our good armor piercing ban useless better yet don't ban anything just restrict lead ammo to shooting ranges that recycle it


In the 60's anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white countries to open their borders to non-white immigration. Then anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white people to "integrate" or face penalties for being "naziswhowantokill6millionjews." Now anti-whites are counting down the days for when ALL and ONLY white children become minorities and eventually extinct EVERYWHERE. It's Genocide. "Anti-racist" is a codeword for anti-white.


Hey, maybe we can get some of that "non-toxic" depleted uranium the military uses in the middle east.


We never seem to stop hearing this "sporting purpose" reference when it comes to guns & ammo.

If anything, we the people NEED armor piercing ammo in order to comply with the reason for the 2A, killing those who would abuse us under an attempt at tyranny.


Lead is an Element found in Nature. It's as much a part of Nature as a Spotted Owl. Didn't these people have access to a 10th Grade Periodic Table?