Lead ammo ban sought from EPA threatens gun owners, game agencies, say critics.

On Tuesday, a coalition of environmental groups petitioned with the…

On Tuesday, a coalition of environmental groups petitioned with the Environmental Protection Agency asking that lead-based sporting ammunition and fishing tackle be banned.

What that could ultimately mean to Evergreen State gun owners, hunters and anglers is not only much higher ammunition prices, but a dramatic loss of revenue for the Department of Fish & Wildlife, because declining ammunition and tackle sales translates to a decline in federal excise tax revenues, which in turn will result in a decline in federal monies apportioned to this and other states through the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson federal wildlife and fisheries restoration programs. That money is administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Almost immediately, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) threw down the gauntlet.

“There is simply 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,” said NSSF President Steve Sanetti.

The National Rifle Association has an on-line “Q & A” about lead at its NRA Hunters Rights web page.

This is a very real threat. It has touched off furious discussions on at least three popular hunting and gun rights forums, TheHighRoad.org, NorthwestFirearms.com and Hunting-Washington.com.

What is at stake? A ban would outlaw the use of lead in every hunting cartridge and shotshell, period. That means anything from .17-caliber on up, including the .22-caliber rimfires owned by tens of millions of Americans for recreation, competition, hunting and even personal protection.

Read the rest of Dave Workman’s article at Examiner.com.

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