OSHA is proposing new regulations that would treat ammunition as “unsafe” and require, among other things:
- Customers would not be allowed within 50 feet of any ammunition (displayed or stored) without first being searched for matches or lighters and checked for alcohol or drug use.
- Manufacturers and Retailers would have to shut down and evacuate a factory/store when a thunderstorm approached
- Special trucks with two drivers at all times would have to be used for shipping, and ammo could not be shipped via small package carriers such as UPS and FedEx.
The current comment period is scheduled to end July 12. Read more about this a this NSSF page. The NSSF recommends sending a letter to extend the comment period for 60 days right now. They have some specific language about it being a “significant regulatory action” and quoting some particular Executive Order. The sample letter lists other consequences.
This regulation would significantly raise the cost of ammo (i.e. double, triple, or more), likely put several manufacturers out of business, and cause most retailers to stop carrying ammo. Shipping costs would become outrageous, eliminating internet/mail-order sales as an option. They’re trying to sneak this one through, so spread the word and contact OSHA immediately.
I was going to check “Unintended Consequences” as a category for this story, but I imagine these consequences are just what was intended by whichever anti-gun bureaucrat dreamed up this near ammo-prohibition dressed up as “safety.”