Once this happens, the lead for traditional ammunition will have to
be imported, thus driving up the price for bullets, shotgun shells, etc.
The Herculaneum smelter has been operating in the same location since 1892. And according to the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA),
"it is the only smelter in the United States which can produce lead
bullion from raw lead ore," so once it closes, the only lead smelters
left in the nation will be ones that recycle lead from existing items
"such as lead acid batteries or spent ammunition components.
Herculaneum's product is the type of lead used to make components for
traditional lead ammunition, and once the smelter closes, such lead
and/or ammunition components will have to be imported into the U.S.
Ammunition prices are expected to rise, reflecting import costs.
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