Back in 2007 IRRC, OSHA attempted to bring under its jurisdiction the storage & distribution of commercial small arms ammunition. The regulations that wanted to impose treated your regular ammo as if it was explosives used in demolitions and it would have pretty much killed ammunition sales as we know them. One can imagine that regulations such as storage magazines built to OSHA specs, special electrical wiring that would guarantee zero sparks, 50 foot prohibition of matches, lighters and any other device that would create a flame including firearms would put a kibosh on ammo retailing. The regulations on transportation alone are so onerous that you could pretty much kiss goodbye your UPS delivery of ammunition & reloading components. For a “summary” of the OSHA regulations, click here for the 69 page OSHA document.
SAAMI (Small Arms & Ammunition Manufacturers Institute) stepped in and demonstrated that the perceived dangers were more Hollywood lore than actual risk. They produced this 25 minute video that I saw last nite for the first time and it is now in my favorites’ list to be used in future discussions if needed.
Warning: you will probably cringe at the amount of ammunition destroyed (400,000 rounds) in the making of the video, but it was for a good cause.