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New Attack on Traditional Ammunition, Firearms Industry Urges Passage of “Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012” to Protect Rights of Hunters

Following the filing of yet another petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking to ban the use of traditional ammunition (ammunition containing lead-core components) by America’s sportsmen and women, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, is urging Congress to pass the “Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012” (H.R. 4089). This important legislation combines four legislative priorities including the Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act (H.R. 1558), which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act to clarify the original intent of Congress to exclude traditional ammunition and fishing tackle from regulation by the EPA.

The petition, filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and other like-minded groups, is the third attempt by the CBD to ban traditional ammunition since it first petitioned EPA in 2010. Though this petition claims to narrow the scope of the ban, it does not change the fact the EPA has no jurisdiction over this matter. Furthermore, by excluding military and law enforcement from the ban, the CBD is all but admitting its original petition from two years ago would have also banned military and law enforcement ammunition – a factor that led the Fraternal Order of Police to support HR 1558. The EPA rejected the CBD’s 2010 petition, prompting a CBD lawsuit that is still pending.

The new petition erroneously claims that the use of traditional ammunition by hunters is inconsistent with the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976. The petition goes on to suggest that the use of traditional ammunition poses a danger to human health and wildlife, in particular raptor populations, such as bald eagles, that may feed on entrails of unrecovered game left in the field.

The myth of a human health risk has been thoroughly debunked by a 2008 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that found the health of hunters consuming game harvested with traditional ammunition was not at risk.

“These relentless and unfounded attacks against traditional ammunition by agenda-driven groups such as the CBD are exactly why Congress must take immediate action and pass the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012,” said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. “Needlessly restricting or banning traditional ammunition absent sound science will hurt wildlife conservation efforts as fewer hunters take to the field. Let’s not forget, hunters and their ammunition have done more for wildlife than the CBD ever will.”

Keane is referencing the federal excise tax that manufacturers pay on the sale of the ammunition (11 percent), which is a primary source of wildlife conservation funding and the financial backbone of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. The bald eagle’s recovery, considered to be a truly great conservation success story, was made possible and funded by hunters using traditional ammunition – the very ammunition organizations like the CBD now demonize.

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6 Responses to “New Attack on Traditional Ammunition, Firearms Industry Urges Passage of “Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012” to Protect Rights of Hunters”

  1. 3006Bama

    This is just more of Obama’s crap, trying to curtail hunting and shooting. After all he’s a radical  gun hater and will do anything to further his liberal agenda.

  2. Thug

    something stinks in the wood pile/////

  3. Guest

    After all the “MAJORITY” in your opinion have done to protect the wildlife, here’s hoping a wolf or mountain lion doesn’t attack and potentially kill your young child while they are taking a walk at dusk while out in nature.  If animals like wolves and cougars, which have few natural enemies/predators are not held in ecological check, their populations will become too much for their habitats and they will stray closer and closer to urban areas looking for food.  When you understand the importance of balance in nature and wildlife you will learn to respect the role hunters play in environmental stability.  The hundreds of millions of dollars hunters bring to their local economies and state natural resource agencies is monumental.  In the Midwest, many small businesses owners would not survive if it was not for the overwhelming support/business they receive for hunters and anglers throughout the year.  The “MAJORITY” that live in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles don’t not speak for, nor respresent the rest of the country.

  4. Peteowl

    I believe, based on numerous studies, that hundreds, and likely thousands, of birds of prey, including eagles and condors, die from ingesting lead particles and bullet remnants left in shot animals that aren’t retrieved (woodchucks, peccaries, etc.). Just as the majority of sportsmen eventually realized that we had to ban lead shot to protect our waterfowl populations from lead ingestion, I think we will eventually realize that it in the interests of a healthy environment and our raptors, we need to find alternatives to most lead ammunition, at least hunting ammunition. I know some will villify me for making this statement, but because we have always been the best and most crucial wildlife conservationists, I think we will eventually do the right thing. I certainly don’t buy the argument that if ammo cost a few bucks more a box, it would cause hunters to give up hunting. The cost of ammo is a pittance compared to what we spend on licenses, transportation, etc. to hunt, and hunting itself is so ingrained in our culture and personal values, that no hunter I know would quit hunting over such a trivial matter. The problem with this particular story is that the CBD is trying to create the ban based on the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976, which is disingenuous and applies only to human health. They should make their case to the sportsmen, and to ban or not to ban lead should be based on facts, not the propaganda of the ammo manufacturers OR the animal rights fringe.  

  5. Bill Mc

    A total crock of manure!

  6. Madravenspeak

    Totally true – the Audubon Society which is firmly in bed with the duck hunters has studies that prove that in Wisconsin, alone, over a million songbirds, waterbirds, and birds of prey die from ingesting lead shot – and it goes right up the food chain contaminating the blood of all creatures who eat the dead birds. So you killers just keep alienating the rest of the public – who are not a minority – and taking all of our public lands to trapping, hounding and murdering our commons as though it were all yours just for serial killing and it makes our job oh so much easier to show how non-conservation and killing obsessed you really are – not caring a hoot about anything except your own pathetic weeny egoes.  And by the way, wildlife watchers, the DOMINANT paradigm, bring 10-40 times the revenue to state tax coffers trying to help our wildlife – our fragile world that you randomly violate and destroy. Check out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife economic impacts of wildlife watching versus hunting state by state statistics 2006 – new stats due out in 2012 – we are coming for our rights to protect our commons.