In the comments to this post; a friend of mine asked where my faith was in the “Holy Free Market” – based on my point that right now there is no lead-free alternative for .22 LR ammo.
Now, I could just dismiss that comment as I often do; but I wanted to address it specifically because of the economic impact that a lead ammo ban would have on the hunting and shooting industry. Now, I don’t have the exact numbers in front of me, but IIRC, Remington ammo sells more .22LR ammo than all their other lines of ammunition combined. If lead free bans pass in more than just Washington and California, that is going to seriously hurt industry. That’s why I don’t believe that the “Holy Free Market” is going to solve this problem – because if there was a demand for .22 LR lead free ammo, the market would have created it already.
All the federal government is doing in this situation is creating a false demand for a product that no one wants, specifically because making lead free ammo isn’t cheap; I can’t imagine how much it would cost to make an all copper .22 round. Ultimately, that’s why I’m opposed to lead ammo bans – I believe that if there is significant call for it; the market will produce more and more lead free ammo, in fact we’re already seeing the beginning of that trend anyway.