EPA Considering Ban on All Traditional Ammunition

EPA Considering Ban on All Traditional Ammunition
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UPDATE: EPA Denies Petition Calling for Lead Ammunition Ban Posted 8/28/2010

National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Shooting Sports Foundation

NEWTOWN, Conn --(Ammoland.com)- All Gun Owners, Hunters and Shooters:

With the fall hunting season fast approaching, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Lisa Jackson, who was responsible for banning bear hunting in New Jersey, is now considering a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) – a leading anti-hunting organization – to ban all traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976, a law in which Congress expressly exempted ammunition.

If the EPA approves the petition, the result will be a total ban on all ammunition containing lead-core components, including hunting and target-shooting rounds. The EPA must decide to accept or reject this petition by November 1, 2010, the day before the midterm elections.

Today, the EPA has opened to public comment the CBD petition. The comment period ends on October 31, 2010.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) — the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry – urges you to submit comment to the EPA opposing any ban on traditional ammunition. Remember, your right to choose the ammunition you hunt and shoot with is at stake.

The EPA has published the petition and relevant supplemental information as Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0681. If you would like to read the original petition and see the contents of this docket folder, please click here. In order to go directly to the ‘submit a comment’ page for this docket number, please click here.

NSSF urges you to stress the following in your opposition:

  • There is no scientific evidence that the use of traditional ammunition is having an adverse impact on wildlife populations.
  • Wildlife management is the proper jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the 50 state wildlife agencies.
  • A 2008 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on blood lead levels of North Dakota hunters confirmed that consuming game harvested with traditional ammunition does not pose a human health risk.
  • A ban on traditional ammunition would have a negative impact on wildlife conservation. The federal excise tax that manufacturers pay on the sale of the ammunition (11 percent) is a primary source of wildlife conservation funding. The bald eagle’s recovery, considered to be a great conservation success story, was made possible and funded by hunters using traditional ammunition – the very ammunition organizations like the CBD are now demonizing.
  • Recent statistics from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service show that from 1981 to 2006 the number of breeding pairs of bald eagles in the United States increased 724 percent. And much like the bald eagle, raptor populations throughout the United States are soaring.

Steps to take:

  1. Submit comment online to the EPA.
  2. Contact Lisa Jackson directly to voice your opposition to the ban:
Lisa P. Jackson
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 564-4700
Fax: (202) 501-1450
Email: jackson.lisa@epa.gov

3. Contact your congressman and senators and urge them to stop the EPA from banning ammunition. To view a sample letter, click here. or copy and paste the following:

Sample Letter———————————–

Dear Congressman / Senator:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering banning all traditional ammunition — ammunition containing lead-core components. This is something that would affect all hunters, target shooters and law enforcement.

A petition filed with the EPA by several agenda-driven groups including the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), erroneously claims that the use of traditional ammunition poses a danger to (1) wildlife, in particular raptors such as bald eagles, that may feed on entrails or unrecovered game left in the field and (2) that there is a human health risk from consuming game harvested using traditional ammunition. Also falsely alleged in the petition is that the use of traditional ammunition by hunters is inconsistent with the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976, Congress expressly exempted ammunition from being regulated as a “toxic substance.”

As your constituent, I am urging you to do whatever you can to stop the EPA, which has no jurisdiction over such matters, from banning our ammunition. Please consider the following points:

*There is no scientific evidence that the use of traditional ammunition is having an adverse impact on wildlife populations.

*Wildlife management is the proper jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the 50 state wildlife agencies.

*A 2008 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on blood lead levels of North Dakota hunters confirmed that consuming game harvested with traditional ammunition does not pose a human health risk.

*A ban on traditional ammunition would have a negative impact on wildlife conservation. The federal excise tax that manufacturers pay on the sale of the ammunition (11 percent) is a primary source of wildlife conservation funding. The bald eagle’s recovery, considered to be a great conservation success story, was made possible and funded by hunters using traditional ammunition – the very ammunition organizations like the CBD are now demonizing.

*Recent statistics from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service show that from 1981 to 2006 the number of breeding pairs of bald eagles in the United States increased 724 percent. And much like the bald eagle, raptor populations throughout the United States are soaring.

Thank you for your time. I will be watching your actions on this matter closely.

About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 5,500 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

  • 32 thoughts on “EPA Considering Ban on All Traditional Ammunition

    1. Maybe the hunters of the USA need to hold a meeting in DC. en masse, and close down the streets for a few days, to demonstrate their feelings.
      Of course…. the old military rounds using steel cores, and the modern all copper models, are much better at penetrating barriers, such as car doors, plate glass and such, in case one’s buck, elk, or bighorn should try to evade the hunter by such means, so there is always the silver lining.

    2. The EPA is just a bunch of hypocritical communists using the resources of the government against We The People in order to advance their neo-communist goals and consolidate power for their fellow travelers.

      I’ll tell you what: I’ll support a ban on lead ammo when the EPA demonstrates that they are really serious about protecting wildlife and bans all those highly toxic, mercury-filled energy saver light bulbs that they are forcing all of us to use!

      Until then, the EPA cans shove it where the sun don’t shine!

      Cheers

    3. people are very tired of all this bs. hopefully the november elections will solve most of these problems. vote them all out is what i say then we can go after the buracrats they hired.

    4. Sure haven’t seen much environmenta protection in the gulf, because their bank whore master Obammer shooed them away till all life was dead. effin hypocrites

    5. I think we need to ban pencils with lead, mercury fillings, those light bulbs that look like a coiled up dog $hit, cars, welding, soldering, lead fishing weights, all circuit boards and so on. Come on! Lets ban these phony “environMENTALists too.

    6. HAHAHAHA…..I am still amazed at you folks.

      When people ask you to Wake Up….you guys mess it up time and time again.
      Its not about the day to day chains that are added to you ankles on a regular basis, its not about the agenda to lock each and every one of you down in a police state….its not even about ‘them’ going out of their way to try and poison you.
      What Waking Up IS about, is Removing The Illusion that you can make a choice at the polls….come November !
      But they have you all dancing like puppets, bickering amongst yourself about Who’s party is better….while they laugh at you and continue with there crimes unabated.
      “Come November”, gives you a false sense of security, that things will be ok if we only hang on, that their is Hope……that things magically will get better….it also buys them more time….you see.
      What a well played scam…and every last one of you, has bought into it hook, line, and lead sinker….thinking you Have a choice
      HAHAHAHAHA…so funny.
      That is why you are trapped, and have been for a very long time, helpless, hopeless and powerless….but you do it to yourselves.
      Tell me, honestly….when has a party gotten into power and immediately Repealed ALL the previous party’s oppressive regulations?
      Come on, Tell me if your party is so great….. WHEN.

      If y’all can get out of being in denial for even a second, you would see what I’m talking about.
      BOTH sides are bought and paid for, by the exact same group of elites who want you Off THEIR Land. !!!
      But Come November….~chuckles~ when ever I see this, I know the person is truly a lost sheep.
      Shall I say it again, like a lost voice in the wilderness?
      WAKE UP for F’ sakes !

    7. Nothing funny about the average persons misplaced hope in a rigged political system, Jed. I don’t know why folks remain so gullible and actually believe “voting” the bums out is the solution. You and I both know the solution…and it isn’t pretty.

      The generals won’t save the Republic, because most of them are deep in sinister agenda of frying brain matter with HARP or sickening masses with chemical spraying from the skies.

      Those of us with means need to get to work. Jacob Rothschild and associates…Jamie Diamond, Warren Buffet, Lloyd Blankfein and the entire wretched crew at Goldman Sachs…Tony Hayward of BP, Hugh Grant of Monsanto…all members of Congress that continually vote to fund the wars, Obama and Emanuel for complicity with BP to downplay the destruction and horror of spraying Corexit. Eric Holder AG, needs to be strung up for turning a blind eye to all the criminality.

      So who can get to these killers of humanity? Ideally, it would be guys working as US MARSHALLS and SECRET SERVICE. Of course the vetted guys working close are undoubtedly victims of mind control…as who would in good conscience guard a mass murderer like Obama or Hayward?? That leaves the help? Cooks, gardeners, drivers, hair stylists, secretaries, interns, regular cops etc.

      We can continue to communicate on forums, watch as the oligarchs methodically implement their “new world order”. They are running sweeps continually for parolees with gun convictions in CA and other 2A destroying states. Sweeps for illegals. Sweeps for motorcycle gang members. Sweeps for drug users and sellers. Officers pull over and illegally search persons and their vehicles for a burnt out blinker light. Watch…the call will go out one day to sweep all of Oakland, CA. residences to check for any and all firearms or ammunition with lead.

      Choice is ours. We can fight them when they come to our homes…squad of 15 to 20 SWAT MEMBERS coming through your doors and windows at 4am…die like a dog without taking out even one dirtbag… or fight them at your leisure.

      Christians have it easiest, methinks. Pray, relax, don’t worry…Jesus said not to stress and by golly, that’s what to do. Let the ground shake and the heavens fall into the seas…no cares.

    8. Yes, let’s all riot in the streets over a tiny change!

      Or better yet, let’s keep spraying poison all over our country to subsidize the conservation of Eagles!

      Or why don’t we stop calling the Democrats communists & figure out a better way to pay for Eagles while not spraying poisonous lead all over the place for no reason.

      Its simply a modernization of ammo for the future betterment of our country.

      Its better to be reasonable than go off half-cocked about nothing. Its like if they changed the material in our car tires to make them more environmentally friendly, would that be worth freaking out over? Calling for shutting down the streets with an armed mob? (which that’s sure to end well)

      Give me a break.

    9. I don’t understand, why does ammo have to be made from lead? can’t you use some other kind of metal? Is it that lead is cheaper, or does it work better, or what? I’m not a hunter but family members are and I’m keen to protect their right to do so…but this doesn’t seem like an important issue to me, since I would think ammo could be made from plenty of other safe substances. This article should have addressed that, can someone provide more info…It just sounds like more anti-government rhetoric only for the purpose of being anti-government.

    10. Talking Points:
      * Ammunition lead is not toxic meaning it does not leach into the soil.
      * Lead is dirt cheap in comparison to steel and alternative metals.
      * There is no reliable / proven replacement for lead in ammo.
      * Ammunition is excluded from EPA regulation.
      * Lead from Ammunition impact on the environment is minute compared to damaging emissions from cars, battery’s and farming.
      * Just cows alone and the methane gas they produce have more damaging effects on the environment.
      * This is purely and attack on hunters and gun rights by anti gun organizations without scientific based facts.

    11. The Democrats and Republicans are two heads of the same snake. When will you figure this out? Big government is only interested in preserving itself. It does this in small steps, year to year. They first set precedent, then they outlaw. Look at hemp. Our founding fathers grew hemp. It was used to make books, rope, clothing and a lot of other things. Yet when it was discovered that oil could be used to make these things (plastics), hemp was outlawed. But, they did this slowly. First, they set a precedent by creating propaganda (see Reefer Madness) and ambiguous data supporting reasons intangible. Then came the enforcement. Now we have the war on drugs, which is only a war on personal freedom. Now, they’ll tell us lead bullets are polluting habitats. Once the precedent is set, all ammunition will be forbidden.

    12. I think this drive to remove lead from the marketplace, not only in ammo, but in fishing weights, body ballast, wheel balancing, batteries, etc., has a motive ulterior to environmental concerns.

      If removed from the public markets, lead would not be available for us to mold our own bullets. Ever tried to melt steel at home? Feds want to be totally in control of ammo and preclude our making it ourselves. Making gunpowder is fairly simple, but without lead for bullets, we are lacking.

      Remember, this same government dumped nuclear waste and whole ships in the sea. It allowed BP to poison the Gulf of Mexico not only with crude oil, but sprays toxic dispersants on the water. Then, there are the chemtrails independent tests have proven malignant.

      Never trust government. They are not here to help us. Never give up your guns or your lead! Keep your powder dry!

    13. I guess we’ll just have to use “DEPLETED URANIUM” rounds in place of lead. It isn’t radioactive just ask the DoD. Furthermore, we could be part of the resolution to the nuclear waste disposal problem, just so long as we fired these DU rounds into some other country, especially one that we’ve pissed off.
      This is just another attempt to do an end-run on the second amendment by the gun-grabbers in Washington. They will eventually make it so difficult to purchase ammunition that a lot of folks will just put, throw or give their weapons away. If you can’t get gun control one way you can do it another, or at least try to.

    14. How about high energy laser weapons replacing lead? Mmmm. I suppose they will keep the owls awake in the woods with all that light and everything. I got it! Feather dusters! They will tickle those damn bears to death. Enviromentally friendly and sustainable too.

      What absolute BS. The world is going mad.

    15. I spent 30 mintues typing up my comment, Hit oK after the twenty minute time limit so I could continue and then the site deleted my comment before I could submit it. This occurred after right after I filled out the left side with Lisa’s name and the EPA organization, which I had saved for last. How convienent Oh it did keep the items entered on the left- just seemed to “lose” my comment. Make sure you type your comment somewhere else and paste it into the box so yours doesn’t vanish.

    16. Really now , do we have to show the EPA how it works. When you shoot a deer or other game animal they usually die from the wound, not lead poisoning.

    17. I think it’s funny that these commiecrats are pretending that lead can hurt you. Lead is a mineral that is in the ground already, and you get trace amounts from well water. But what about the pipes in the homes that were built in the last 100 years, the copper pipes were sweated together with 50/50 solder, which has lead in it. We have been drinking water that has been in contact with this dangerous substance and our life expectancy is going up. This is just another nail in the coffin of freedom, that the secularists want to bury so they can have their NWO…

    18. I agree with one of the previous writers regarding rifle ammo….but… and here’s the big but….
      Decades of bird hunting has left tons of lead pellets in the mud of the marshes all over this continent. Lead shotgun pellets are not encased in copper jackets and so very readily break down freely to be consumed by not the ducks and geese but the water plants that assimilate lead oxide from the mud. Then the dumb birds come along and eat the plants (and insects and larvae) all loaded with lead.
      Guess what you hunters are consuming when you eat a duck or goose??

      1. Ragnar; You information is straight up wrong, do your research, lead in ammunition does not leach out into the environment, it is the same as naturally occurring lead found in all over the earth. in addition lead has been banned for use in waterfowl hunting for over twenty years!

        Bad information and absolutely not true.

    19. if they ban this ammo, what’s going to be next? All types of ammo and then our guns. What a bunch of B.S. Vote the idiots out of office and get new blood in.

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