NRA: Obama is Going to Ban Ammunition!

The NRA, which is really just the marketing wing of the gun industry, has a shiny new conspiracy theory. The Obama administration, you see, is going to ban ammunition. All of it. And the NRA knows this is a lie because they were part of a court case that proves it false just a few months ago.

National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre relied on numerous falsehoods to claim that President Obama will move to ban sales of all firearm ammunition before he leaves office, thus making “the very real nightmare of every single gun owner in this country” a reality.

In the May issue of the NRA’s magazine, America’s 1st Freedom, LaPierre wrote, “President Barack Obama is setting the table to ban your ammunition — all of it,” and claimed that “the remaining two years of Obama’s term pose the greatest threat ever to the Second Amendment and our freedom.”

LaPierre imagined a ludicrous scheme where “two fatal turns of events” would lead the EPA to ban all lead ammunition and, subsequently, the Obama administration to ban all non-lead ammunition. According to LaPierre, “The president’s bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are partnering with private enviro-radicals to ban lead projectiles — including all hunting bullets — as hazardous.”

And here’s why they know this is a lie:

The facts prove him wrong. In December 2014, reported that “[i]n a decision favorable to gun enthusiasts,” a federal court ruled against environmentalists who argued that the EPA has the authority to regulate lead ammunition. According to, “The National Rifle Association and much of the pro-gun lobby intervened on the EPA’s side in urging the federal appeals court to uphold the dismissal of a lawsuit by 101 environmentalist organizations.” (The EPA does not believe it has authority to regulate lead ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act.)

So the Obama EPA is going to ban lead bullets even though the EPA has already agreed with the NRA that it doesn’t have that authority and the courts have said so too. That’s a lie, folks. But it’s a convenient one. It’s bound to scare people into stocking up on ammunition, which is the entire goal. The NRA is the gun industry’s advertising company.

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  • StevoR

    Well I guess that’s a bit of lateral thinking away from him taking away their guns. If only it were true!

  • StevoR

    The NRA is the gun industry’s advertising company.

    So .. could they be done for false advertising then given the ridiculous lies they keep spewing like, oh, say this one?

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    So the Obama EPA is going to ban lead bullets even though the EPA has already agreed with the NRA that it doesn’t have that authority and the courts have said so too.

    It’s an X-K-Red-27 technique.

  • timgueguen

    If there’s one group that definitely wants a Democrat in the White House, it’s the US gun industry. After both of Obama’s elections there was a buying spree for guns and ammo, as paranoid dumbasses have convinced themselves Obama was going to take their guns, or ban certain guns. I’m sure if Clinton gets in the same thing will happen.

  • Chiroptera

    Minion: Mr. President, the Constitution protects the right to bear arms, but it says nothing about the right to have ammunition for those arms!

    Obama: Brilliant! Bwahahahahahaha!

  • caseloweraz

    Sounds like that minion has read The Merchant of Venice.

  • jufulu

    So we can’t ban ammunition because of the constitution. Can we counsel and then have a 3 days waiting period before someone by ammo, it’s a life changing decision.

    Now if I can just figure a good way to use an ultrasound wand in the counseling.

  • jufulu

    er, buys?

  • Modusoperandi

    It’s even worse than that! Obama is going to ban bullshit!

  • Mobius

    Not so new really. I recall right after Obama was elected that the NRA types were scream that you needed to buy lots of ammo right now ’cause Obama was going to do something unspecified that would send the price of ammo skyrocketing. This sounds like just a twist on that old meme.

  • Michael Heath


    Citing Fox News as you do above does not validate that the NRA is lying here. That’s because Fox is not a credible source.

    Citing the EPA is a credible source as you also do above. That where the EPA asserts they don’t have the power to do what the NRA falsely claims they’re about to do.

    I find claims by known liars that are contrary to their desired narrative in no way compelling.

  • comfychair

    I haven’t checked lately, but last time I did (over a year ago) there was no .22LR ammo at all to be found anywhere. Thanks to idiots hoarding and stocking their Eric Holder Race War shelters or whatever, based on those NRA/ALEX JONES!!!1 ‘rumors’ about the ammo shortage that was just around the corner. Ammo mfg’s had said they were running beyond capacity to fill orders and it still wasn’t enough to stay stocked anywhere, it would all be snatched within minutes of being unloaded off the truck. Some gun stores were even holding stock in secret, effectively creating an artificial shortage so they could double prices on the most common ammo in the country. It’s quite a scam they’re running. Now, remind me again, who are the real ‘sheeple’? lol.

  • weatherwax

    To be fair, there has been some talk of regulating ammunition. No serious attempts, but some talk.

    Firearms are actually easy to make if you have a machine shop. Very easy. But making brass cartridges is hard, so some people think regulations in that direction would be more effective.

    comfychair, that panic has mostly subsided. You can actually get ammunition off the shelves.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Mobius, they were right too. Before he was even sworn in, ammunition became incredibly scarce and those who had it and were willing to sell (not many of those!) could pretty much get any price they demanded.

  • comfychair

    I’ve just checked a handful of online sources and .22LR is still so scarce as to be functionally nonexistent. Midway has 10 types listed as ‘available’, and 92 as ‘out of stock’. Cabela’s has only three (they remove out of stock items from their listings altogether). Any CCI .22LR ammo is so hard to find anywhere it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think they’d gone out of business.

  • Modusoperandi

    Luckily, gun-grabbing, jackbooted ATF agents only weakness is 22LR. They’re literally varmints.*


    * Gophers is Socialism!!!

  • Michael Heath

    I don’t see how a supply shortage of .22LRs applies here. The kinds of people that are going to believe in conspiracy theories like this one are almost assuredly buying large caliber ammo, e.g., .223 for an AR-15, or a .32, .38, or .45 for a handgun.

  • colnago80

    Re Michael Heath @ #17

    Nah, .50 for a Desert Eagle.

  • sugarfrosted

    I once read a piece junk mail sent to my dad by the NRA (he’s fallen for the add hook line and sinker.) It was about how Obama was wrong about something. The thing is, it was a lie. (I don’t remember what it was.)

  • comfychair

    I don’t know if the panic buying/hoarding is affecting other calibers, I would assume so but I’m only checking on .22LRs. That’s the most versatile ammo by far, and also far far cheaper than any of the others mentioned. It’s the ‘preppers’ and survivalist types responsible for the .22LR situation. There’s not much squirrel left if you shoot one with a .223. Point is, the cause of it is another of these fake rumors floated by the NRA.

  • llewelly

    Michael Heath:

    I don’t see how a supply shortage of .22LRs applies here.

    I think any kind of perceived ammo shortage is helpful in spreading the lie. I suspect they would even try to use a shortage of BBs or pellets, if it was possible for one to occur.

    In any case, all throughout the Cold War and still today, there’s been vocal strain of survivalists who bang on and on about how when the apocalypse comes, there won’t be any medium or large game, and so everyone needs to practice shooting very small animals, all the way down to squirrels, as comfychair says, in order to eat.

  • Modusoperandi

    llewelly, plus, I hear Obama’s recruiting the squirrels.

  • dingojack

    Surely Obama’s next step is to ban holiday ammo in the public square!


  • anubisprime

    Nothing speaks of market forces better then the deliberate stimulation of that market through fear and innuendo and false rumors….

    That is the oldest trick in the capitalists little book of wheezes to increase profits in the short term.

    “the very real nightmare of every single gun owner in this country” a reality.

    Actually the ‘nightmare’ is a reality but not for the gun-owners…but for the rest of society surrounded by pumped up bigoted and dumb wannabe cowboys stockpiling a veritable arsenal of ammunition and no real clue as to who the real enemy is beyond atheists, teh ghey’s and black folks.