(TargetLiberty.org) – All Republican state attorneys general in the United States have collectively criticized their Democratic counterparts for trying to close an ammunition factory in Missouri. This united stance was revealed in a letter sent to President Biden and Stefanie Feldman, the director of the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention, a document that Fox News Digital exclusively obtained.
The letter from the 28 GOP attorneys general responded to a request from Democratic attorneys general, urging the Biden administration to halt commercial sales from the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, a major U.S. ammunition producer. This request from the Democrats came after a New York Times report connected commercially sold “military-grade rounds” from the plant to mass shootings.
The Republican attorneys general countered this argument, labeling the Democrats’ letter as riddled with errors and accusing them of attempting to infringe on Americans’ Second Amendment rights. They argued that the Democrats should focus more on crime prosecution to prevent mass shootings, rather than restricting lawful gun and ammunition use.
Specifically, the GOP attorneys general addressed claims regarding the nature of the ammunition produced at Lake City. They clarified that the ammunition sold commercially is not the primary type used by the U.S. military and that the mere use of certain ammunition types by the military does not justify their ban from public use. They cited Supreme Court precedent to support their stance against what they consider an artificial distinction.
Furthermore, they defended Lake City’s practices, stating that the plant only sells legally manufactured ammunition, complying with all regulations set by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
The Republican attorneys general also argued that stopping commercial sales at Lake City would negatively impact national security and the economy. They maintained that commercial production at Lake City supports national defense and military readiness, as it helps maintain a constant state of readiness by ensuring steady labor, equipment operation, and stable supply chains. They emphasized that halting commercial sales could lead to significant job losses and economic harm in the community.
Montana Attorney General Austen Knudsen, Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey, and Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita all expressed skepticism about the motives behind the Democrats’ efforts and highlighted the importance of focusing on illegal weapons and enforcing existing laws to combat crime.
In their view, the efforts to shut down the ammunition plant were not rooted in genuine concern for public safety but rather in an anti-gun agenda. They argued for punishing perpetrators of gun violence, not the manufacturers of firearms and ammunition. Their collective message was clear: law-abiding citizens should not be deprived of their right to self-defense due to misguided policy efforts.
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