Skip to comments.Gun Group Thanks EPA for Denying Petition to Ban Traditional Ammunition
Posted on 04/11/2012 9:04:07 AM PDT by marktwain
Submitted by National Shooting Sports Foundation on Apr 10, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday denied yet another frivolous petition by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) an established anti-hunting group calling for a ban on the traditional ammunition (containing lead-core components) for hunting and shooting.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, applauds the EPAs latest decision and called upon Congress to immediately pass the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act (S.838/H.R.1558). In the House of Representatives, the bill is also included in the Sportsmens Heritage Act of 2012 (H.R. 4089), an important piece of legislation that combines three other legislative priorities for sportsmen. The bill (S.838/H.R.1558) amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to clarify that Congress has excluded traditional ammunition from regulation by the EPA. The legislation is supported by more than 35 national conservation and sportsmens groups. The bill is even supported by the Fraternal Order of Police because a ban on traditional ammunition would apply to law enforcement and the U.S. military.
NSSF opposed the petition, which was filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and other like-minded groups. This was the second attempt by the CBD to ban traditional ammunition since it first petitioned the EPA in August of 2010. In rejecting the CBDs latest petition the EPA agreed with NSSF, telling the CBD that it did not have jurisdiction under TSCA to regulate ammunition. The CBDs petition purported to narrow the scope of the ban sought, but the EPA concluded that this change was a distinction without a substantive difference. The EPA went on to say the new petition contains no new information.
The CBDs serial petitions erroneously claim that the use of traditional ammunition by hunters poses a danger to human health and wildlife, in particular raptor populations such as bald eagles. The truth is that wildlife populations, including raptor and bald eagle populations, are soaring. 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.
The excise taxes raised from hunters purchases of the very ammunition the CBD tries to demonize is a primary source of wildlife conservation in the United States. Restricting or banning traditional ammunition absent sound science will hurt wildlife conservation. Hunters have done more for wildlife than the CBD ever will, said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. These relentless and unfounded attacks against traditional ammunition by agenda-driven groups like the CBD are exactly why Congress must take immediate action and pass the Sportsmens Heritage Act of 2012.
Keane is referencing the federal excise tax that manufacturers pay on the sale of the ammunition (11 percent), which is dedicated to the Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
I would not thank them any more than thanking someone with a gun aimed at your head for not pulling the trigger.
IF we have an Obama Redux, I fully expect the EPA to reverse course and start banning lead ammo. It will all be part of the Kenyan’s master plan to destroy private gun ownership.
Agreed. You can't have an African dictatorship when the citizenry is armed. I also suspect that the 450,000,000 .40 rounds ordered by the
sicherheitdiesnt Dept of homeland security has something to do with that.
You’re right. The Center for Biological Diversity is a terrible organization whose only goal is to screw up everything for outdoorsmen (off-roaders, hunters, fishermen). They were instrumental in urging the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to close a jeep trail in the mountains near my home due to riparian damage” to a stream supposedly caused by off road users. The stream only runs for about two weeks out of every year after the snow melt, and the area is so remote and little used that only about ten vehicles a year use it.
Professional malicious busybodies. I find it ironic that just about every one posed for their picture in some sort of outdoorsy way. I also noticed a couple of them posed with dogs. Surely they are worried about the additional demands on mother earth placed by carnivorous pets < /sarcasm>
I thought that the regulation of ammunition was placed outside of the EPA’s authority some time ago, maybe by the ‘86 FOPA. Does anyone know?