Inhofe Introduces Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced the Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act (S. 2444) which will require the administration to act on an ammunition manufacturer's waiver application within 60 days of receiving the request or the waiver will be automatically granted.

“As we’ve seen in the past weeks, it is no secret that the president and his administration have been trying to chip away at the 2nd Amendment since he took office,” Inhofe said. “One way they quietly found to do so is by refusing to act on manufacturers’ applications for waivers to produce ammunition with materials prohibited under statute. With states outlawing popular ammunition materials, it is imperative that manufacturers are able to produce alternatives so citizens of those states can exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. The Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act is a bill that will ensure that the administration follows the law by requiring that it act on waiver applications within 60 days of receiving them. If they fail to do so, the application will be automatically granted ensuring that gun owners across America have access to needed ammunition.”

“This legislation will allow ammunition manufacturers to more quickly bring to market alternative hunting ammunition products to serve consumers in markets like California where traditional ammunition is banded for hunting and for those hunters who prefer to use alternative products,” said Lawrence Keane, senior vice president, assistant secretary & general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Under the Gun Control Act of 1968, ammunition made from certain materials are illegal to import, manufacture or sell unless the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) finds that it is “primarily intended to be used for a sporting purpose.” Manufacturers seeking to produce ammunition made from these materials have to request a waiver from ATF to do so. For years now the ATF, under President Obama, has not acted on dozens of waivers submitted by manufacturers causing uncertainty in the industry and negatively affecting hunters and recreational shooters. The Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act would require that the ATF act on a waiver within 60 days of receiving the request or the waiver will be automatically granted. If the waiver request is denied, the ATF must provide the manufacturer with a written response with “detailed findings of fact and the reasons for the disapproval.”

The Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act is supported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the National Rifle Association (NRA), and Gun Owners of America (GOA).