There are rumors and reports swirling all over the place that President Joe Biden is attempting to halt the distribution of .223/5.56 ammo – commonly used in AR-15 rifles to United States consumers.
A June 15 post by Dan Zimmerman on the blog the Truth About Guns, said that a person with knowledge of the matter told the blog that Winchester Ammunition, which operates the U.S. Army’s Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri was told it was no longer permitted to sell M855 and SS109 ammunition “produced in excess of the military’s needs on the civilian market.”
It suggested that such a move could have a significant impact on the availability of the ammunition types on the commercial market, as well as drive up their prices in an alleged Biden administration effort to “make shooting most AR-15 rifles as expensive as possible” for people in the U.S.
In response to the blog, White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates claimed that the story “isn’t true.”
But then very carefully crafted an additional response.
“The administration is not going to restrict production/sales of excess ammunition currently available for sale to the public (including M855 and SS109) at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant.”
The administration is not going to restrict production/sales of excess ammunition currently available for sale to the public (including M855 and SS109) at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant.
— Andrew Bates (@AndrewJBates46) June 21, 2022
Notice they never said they wouldn’t restrict ammo, just that they wouldn’t do it at this time at the Lake City plant.
Glenn Beck reported that he has sources claiming that the Army is considering the change.
The White House says reports of a possible ban on AR-15 ammo sales to the public are “way off.” But @NSSF senior VP @lkeane tells me that’s a LIE: “We have had direct conversations with officials at Winchester” about how the Army IS “considering” this policy change. pic.twitter.com/UW9G7Crahy
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) June 21, 2022
June 22, 2022