The Obama administration is continuing its attack on the second amendment by imposing severe restrictions on bullet lead. The Environmental Protection Agency has forced the Doe Run Lead Smelter, located in Heculaneum, Mo., to permanently shut down its doors. The agency had been trying to get the smelter, which produces lead used in bullets, to close down its doors since 2008. The smelter had been operating since 1892, but the factory will shut down at the end of this month and make it more difficult for Americans to purchase bullets for guns.
Starting next year, gun owners will now find it exceedingly difficult to find ammunition made in the U.S. due to the bullet lead factory shutdown, which means they may need to import it from other countries at much higher prices. Those bullets could potentially come under government control as well and restrictions could be placed on the number of bullets coming in and out of the U.S.
The Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement that the Doe Run company “made a business decision” to shut the factory down. They were ultimately forced to because the factory violated strict air quality restrictions placed on the plant by the EPA. In order to continue running, they would have needed to spend roughly $100 million in order to install pollution control technologies that would reduce sulfur dioxide and lead emissions, as required by the Clean Air Act.
Individual states are also imposing their own gun restrictions. Last week, California took the unprecedented and extreme measure of confiscating legally-owned guns. More than 20,000 people who purchased their guns legally had them confiscated after they were suddenly classified as “prohibited persons” from owning a weapon. California Gov. Jerry Brown authorized a $24 million budget for hiring additional officers to help with the crackdown. “Prohibited persons” included people who are behind on state taxes and who did not pay toll fees in a “timely” manner, in addition to other minor misdemeanors.