A June 15 post by Dan Zimmerman on the blog the Truth About Guns, said that a person with knowledge of the matter told the blog that Winchester Ammunition, which operates the U.S. Army’s Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri was told it was no longer permitted to sell M855 and SS109 ammunition “produced in excess of the military’s needs on the civilian market.”
It suggested that such a move could have a significant impact on the availability of the ammunition types on the commercial market, as well as drive up their prices in an alleged Biden administration effort to “make shooting most AR-15 rifles as expensive as possible” for people in the U.S.
In response to the blog, White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates claimed that the story “isn’t true.”
But then very carefully crafted an additional response.
“The administration is not going to restrict production/sales of excess ammunition currently available for sale to the public (including M855 and SS109) at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant.”