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@JohnOrendorff The ammo companies are all whining that they have been operating near capacity for years. It's like none of their dictionaries include the word "expansion." Under free market principles, this is where we would start seeing the birth of new ammo companies. Clearly there is money to be made here in unfulfilled civilian sales, yet it is being left on the table. How long do we have to wait?
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But mechanically, this is NO DIFFERENT from farm price supports -- the government "buys up surplus" or pays farmers not to grow stuff, and the price remains high. Thus, it can be gamed the same way farm price supports are gamed. Unlike farmers, ammo manufacturers are NOT looking for higher base prices, so they can expand operations, produce more ammo, and get rich (off your tax money, to be sure, but whatever). Unlike farmers, ammo manufacturers aren't constrained by the finite land they own and finite growing seasons. Unlike farmers, ammo manufacturers have not signed any agreements NOT to make MORE and sell it on the open market. And finally, ammo manufacturers have a CHOICE not to take these gigantic orders from the government if they don't want to.
"An officer or employee of the federal government may not enforce..."
Seriously? "Federal?" Not "state?"
This looks like a MAJOR typo. A state law can't prescribe what employees of the FEDERAL government can or can't do.
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