On January 9, Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey signed a letter authored by New York Attorney General Letitia James which calls for the banning of 5.56 ammunition produced by Lake City Ammunition Plant.
The letter is addressed to the Director of the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention, Stefanie Feldman.
Attorney General James contends that ammunition produced at Lake City should not be used by civilians because the facility also produces ammunition for the U.S. Army.
The group of Attorney Generals that signed onto the letter asked Feldman’s Office “to conduct an investigation into the contracting processes that led to this situation, and to take action to ensure that military-grade and military subsidized ammunition stays out of civilian hands.”
The Attorney Generals requested the White House “ensure that future production contracts prohibit the sale of military weapons and ammunition to civilians.”
In a press release about the letter, Letitia James said that “Military grade weapons and ammunition do not belong in our homes or in our communities.”
Banning the sale of 5.56 surplus rounds produced at the Lake City Ammunition Plant would cause a large strain on the civilian market for this ammunition, as Lake City produces an estimated 30-40% of all 5.56 rounds in the country.
Due to this, many have called the letter from the Attorney Generals to be de facto gun control, as many consumers would have a difficult time buying ammo due to a production backlog as demand would far outpace production.
Maine State Rep. John Andrews (R-Paris) made a post on Facebook about the situation, saying Maine Attorney General Frey “is unfaithful to his Oath to the Constitution.”
He attached a petition to his post, which demanded that Frey respect his oath to the Maine Constitution. The petition cited cited the Maine Constitution, “Section 16. To keep and bear arms. Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.”