Didn’t this story hit a few weeks ago? Why, yes it did, and MCT covered the misinformation in the Breitbart story at that time.
Today, Fox News is picking up where Breitbart left off:
When the last bullet-producing lead smelter closes its doors on Dec. 31, it will mark a major victory for those who say lead-based ammunition pollutes the environment, but others warn ‘green’ bullets will cost more, drive up copper prices and do little to help conservation.
Bullet-producing lead smelter? Huh?
Doe Run is / was a raw material processor that refined lead ore from mines and formed it into ingots. This material is then shipped to other companies for further processing (i.e. extruding the lead into wire for manufacturing).
Whether by state or federal regulation, or by market forces, lead bullets will be all but phased out within a few years in favor of so-called green bullets, experts say.
As far as market forces are concerned, the closure of Doe Run lead smelting will have little effect on the overall market prices for ammo. As, pointed out previously, the United States is a net importer of lead, so there is a very good chance that ammo producers such as Federal are already using imported lead in their products today.
When it comes to the federal government banning ammo, that is a different problem altogether.
Lastly, our intrepid reporter jumps off the deep end about copper scarcity due to ammo manufacturers switching to copper cores to replace lead.
The Treasury Department already wants to discontinue the penny due to the cost of producing it. A rising cost of copper will only add impetus to that, and might encourage them to repeat the response to a copper shortage during WWII, and produce pennies from steel.
Uh, what? Pennies are already 97.5% zinc.
The alloy remained 95 percent copper and 5 percent zinc until 1982, when the composition was changed to 97.5 percent zinc and 2.5 percent copper (copper-plated zinc).
Somebody needs to fact check our loose cannon reporter.