Recently (April) the largest lead mining company in the U.S. closed down. This means that bullets (among other things) will become more expensive because we will have to rely on countries outside the U.S. to supply us with lead.
So what’s the big deal you ask? Why would this affect me?
Well, if you like to shoot (buy) bullets, how much do you think you’ll pay for them if the U.S. manufacturers have to go outside the U.S. to get lead? More or less?
Need a battery for your car? Have an airplane? Like to fly? Aviation fuel (and others) typically must have lead in it as a lubricant for the cylinders and engine parts. Aviation fuel costs, as an example, should go up as a result of this situation.
The following article gives the details of this company closing and its impact to the United States.