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NSSF Intervenes in Traditional Ammunition Lawsuit

by J. Scott Rupp   |  June 8th, 2012 6

The attack against traditional ammo is far from over. Today the National Shooting Sports Foundation announced it will file to intervene in the frivolous lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and six other groups to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency to ban traditional ammunition containing lead components.
The EPA already has twice denied petitions filed by CBD to ban traditional ammunition, noting correctly that it does not have the authority to regulate traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

“This is a frivolous lawsuit clear and simple,” said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for NSSF. “There is no sound science that shows the use of traditional ammunition has harmed wildlife populations or that it presents a health risk to humans who consume game taken with such ammunition.”

Today Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus co-chairmen Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and John Thune (R-SD) filed an amendment to the Farm Bill that contains a number of sportsmen’s priorities including legislation that has already been passed by the House of Representatives to exempt traditional ammunition from being regulated by EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Exempting traditional ammunition from EPA jurisdiction is supported by 35 national conservation and sportsmen’s groups and also the Fraternal Order of Police because a ban on traditional ammunition would apply to law enforcement and the U.S. military.

According to CBD, others joining its lawsuit were the Cascades Raptor Center of Oregon, the Loon Lake Loon Association of Washington, Preserve Our Wildlife of Florida, Tennessee Ornithological Society, Trumpeter Swan Society and Western Nebraska Resources Council.

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  • Blome Mee

    I am tired of all the assholes worrying about such mundane bullshit when there are REAL issues in our country that need to be dealt with. Frivolous, indeed.

  • Maya S Chase

    For anyone who thinks this is frivolous or mundane, feel free to chow down on some lead shot. Add it to your food regularly, in fact. Since you don't believe the science, you can prove to everyone that it's harmless. Come on, go for it!

    • P. Angle

      Aren't you making a huge leap with little foundation by suggesting that the lead used in traditional ammunition is finding its way into the food supply in any statistically significant way?

    • James Tarr

      Maya, of course lead is not good for you. However, there has never been a documented case of an animal dying as a result of lead poisoning. Never. You're right, this lawsuit is not frivolous or mundane, it is yet another attempt to whittle away at our constitutional rights. Those who want to ban guns know that that sentiment is not popular right now, so they try other means–such as banning types of ammunition even though there is no data to back up their claim.

  • CHS

    For outdoors men/women and hunters yes this is an issue for them. There have been cases of people contracting lead poisoning from just carrying leaded (.22cal) ammunition in their pockets. If you are a hunter and shoot your own game then yes lead can and is finding its way into your food supply and it does not take very much lead to reach 40-80ug/dL. And when lead stays in your system for up to 40 years, its not too hard to accumulate a toxic amount if your an avid shooter that doesn't frequently wash their hands after shooting.

    • P. Angle

      It does not make sense to me to focus on an issue like this when it is the hunters choice to use lead ammunition. Their are plenty of lead free alternatives out there if that is what shooters wanted. No shooter I know is not aware of the issue of lead ammunition but they still choose for the most part to use lead ammunition. If that is their choice, why pass laws to take away that choice. That seems to be rather frivolous. Put a health warning on the box if you must but leave the choice to the consumer.

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