The Biden-Harris administration denied claims that they’re trying to prevent the sale of 5.56/.223 ammunition to the civilian market. A spokesperson told The Washington Examiner the claim was “way off.”
The White House’s response comes after the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) Larry Keane tweeted about the Biden administration’s attempts to shut down Winchester’s Lake City, Missouri production facility.
— Larry Keane (@lkeane) June 15, 2022
The Lake City plant is responsible for producing roughly 30 percent of all 5.56/.225 ammo that’s currently on the civilian market. If the government shut down the Missouri manufacturing facility, they essentially would be “restricting the manufacturing and commercial sale of legal ammunition,” a spokesperson for the NSSF warned.
The news comes on the heels of the Senate’s bipartisan gun control deal, spearheaded by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT).
Banning Lake City’s ammo from the civilian market “jeopardizes the fragile negotiations of the framework deal that was agreed to by the bipartisan group of senators,” NSSF’s Director of Public Affairs, Mark Oliva, told The Washington Examiner.
The final text of the Senate’s bipartisan gun control agreement is expected to be released Monday evening.