They are going after ammo now:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the government agency charged with assuring the safety and health of America’s workers, is proposing a regulatory rule affecting the manufacturing, transportation and storage of small arms ammunition, primers and smokeless propellants.
As written, the proposed rule would force the closure of nearly all ammunition manufacturers and force the cost of small arms ammunition to skyrocket beyond what the market could bear—essentially collapsing our industry. This is not an exaggeration. The cost to comply with the proposed rule for the ammunition industry, including manufacturer, wholesale distributors and retailers, will be massive and easily exceed $100 million. For example, ammunition and smokeless propellant manufacturers would have to shut down and evacuate a factory when a thunderstorm approached and customers would not be allowed within 50 feet of any ammunition (displayed or otherwise stored) without first being searched for matches or lighters.
NSSF and SAAMI have already had a preliminary meeting with OSHA officials to begin the process of explaining to them the major problems this proposed rule presents for all levels of the firearms and ammunition industry. Furthermore, NSSF and SAAMI are each seeking a 60 day extension of the public comment period (currently scheduled to expire July 12).
NSSF is urging all retailers to contact OSHA directly and request a 60-day extension of the public comment period. Retailers should inform OSHA that
the proposed rule constitutes a “significant regulatory action” as defined in
Executive Order 12866 (1993) Section 3(f)(1) in that it will clearly “adversely
affect in a material way” the retail sector of the firearms and ammunition
industry, productivity, competition and jobs and that the annual compliance cost
for all retailers of ammunition will far exceed $100 million dollars.
This is designed to raise the cost of ammo, and effectively shut down many ammo manufacturers. Go ahead write a letter, tell them how you feel. Be polite though:
Sec. Elaine Chao
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210