Attorney General Rob Bonta and Coalition of 20 AGs Seek Investigation into Federal Funding of Ammunition Plant
After learning that military-grade ammunition has been used in mass shootings, Attorney General Rob Bonta has spoken out against the unintended subsidization of its production. Bonta, along with 20 attorneys general, has demanded a federal probe into the sale of billions of rounds of military-grade ammunition made at the federally controlled Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri. These disturbing reports prompted a letter to the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention requesting an investigation and withdrawal of subsidization.
The letter, signed by Attorney General Bonta and his colleagues, reveals alarming discoveries that American taxpayers unintentionally funded the development of military-grade ammunition, which was used in deadly gun violence. The military-grade ammunition has been widely available in civilian markets and used in several horrific mass killings. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, PA, Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, and the horrific supermarket shooting in Buffalo, NY.
The Lake City Army Ammunition Plant has supposedly received approximately $860 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to sustain its wartime manufacturing capacity. However, stories of military-grade ammunition being sold and used in mass shootings have aroused outrage and a desire for a precedent-setting probe. Attorney General Bonta and the alliance of AGs are determined to end the U.S. government’s financing of military-grade guns and ammunition to civilians.
The probe into the ammunition plant’s federal funding is a key step toward acknowledging and resolving American taxpayers’ unwitting role in subsidizing the sale and usage of military-grade ammunition in fatal gun violence situations.
The concerted effort by Attorney General Bonta and 20 attorneys general shows a strong commitment to fixing this vital issue. The discovery of military-grade ammunition in civilian settings has sparked a strong need for an investigation and swift action to prevent such incidents.