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EPA to ban lead ammo?

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry – urges all hunters and shooters to contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to oppose a petition to ban traditional ammunition.

The petition was filed Aug. 3 by the extremist Center for Biological Diversity. A ban would apply to ALL ammunition, including ammunition used by target shooters. Your right to choose the ammunition you hunt and shoot with is at stake.

Express your opposition by calling or emailing EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson by phone: 202-564-4700; or email: [email protected]

Filed by several agenda-driven groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), the petition erroneously claims that the use of traditional ammunition poses a danger to wildlife – in particular raptors such as bald eagles, that may feed on entrails or unrecovered game left in the field – and 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.”

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 that would require restricting or banning the use of traditional ammunition beyond current limitations, such as the scientifically-based restriction on waterfowl hunting.

• Recent statistics from the USFWS show that from 1981 to 2006 the number of breeding pairs of bald eagles in the U.S. increased 724%, and raptor populations throughout the U.S. are also soaring.

• A ban on traditional ammunition would have a serious negative impact on wildlife conservation. The 11% federal excise tax manufacturers pay on ammunition sales 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.