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House to Vote on Appropriations Bill with Traditional Ammo Protections

A World War 2 vintage brown-handled Smith and Wesson Victory Model with gold and silver 200 grain lead bullet handloads, sitting on a gray board and leaning against several light brown colored boards.

In the coming weeks, the U.S. House of Representatives will reconvene for business to take up pending bills. Among the list are several provisions that are important to the gun industry and should be high on your list as well. The main business point will be the FY2016 Interior Appropriations bill; however, the provisions important to the shooting sports are embedded within. Of penultimate importance is a provision that would permanently protect traditional ammunition and fishing tackle from EPA regulation under The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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The House of Representatives is set to vote on provisions to protect traditional lead ammunition later this week or next.

To be clear, we are talking about lead. The bill will protect against the EPA’s use of regulation to outlaw lead in the use of fishing weights and bullet manufacture. In the recent past, certain special interest groups and government officials with agendas have used the EPA—along with biased reports and studies that have since been debunked—to pass regulations that have hurt the lead industry. About a year or so ago, the Shooter’s Log reported on the closing of Doe Run, the last smelter of secondary lead.

Likewise, the basis for the legislation in California and Arizona was based on the bogus reports that lead was impacting the California condor. Never mind the fact that lead is a naturally occurring element on the periodic table and the levels of lead in wild condors was lower than those in captivity in zoos, the legislature saw fit to pass laws banning the use of lead ammunition. This bill would not protect lead from local legislatures, but it would prevent government organizations such as the EPA from creating rules that would ban its use for sporting purposes.

Other important provisions the House will be considering include a section that protects the lawful commerce of items that contain ivory legally imported into the U.S. Once legally harvested, there is no reason to ban the importation of ivory. This also would cover antiquities and relics made from or contain ivory. Some of these items are a century old and have no effect on poaching.

Doe Run Lead Smelting Facility
Doe Run in Missouri was the last smelter of secondary lead in the United States. Manufacturers now have to buy lead from Mexico and have it shipped to the U.S. This raises manufacturing costs and the price when the ammo finally reaches the retail shelf.

Another provision the legislation will consider prevents the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from taking any action to list the Sage Grouse on the Endangered Species List and provides adequate funding to combat wildfires that destroy millions of acres of wildlife habitat important for hunting and outdoor recreation.

It is time to hear some good news about legislation regarding the shooting sports, hunting, governmental reach and some common sense interpretation of the law. Please reach out to contact your representatives and let them know where you stand on these proposed provisions regarding the shooting sports and wildlife conservation.

How do you feel about the proposed provisions? Any others the House should be adding? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Comments (11)

  1. The EPA like the IRS, DOJ and most federal agencies are being illegally used by the administration to bypass congress role and rule the nation through executive edict.
    The difference is the EPA has more direct influence over our everyday lives than any other agency and impacts more areas of our lives and livelihood than the IRS and even the DOJ.
    Keeping them in check until we get a different party in power and a different president in office is paramount to prevent them from doing severe damage that ruins the nation for the free and the brave.
    Obamas world is of, by and for his progressive anti-colonialist, reparations, social justice, the ends justify the means crowd and not for real Americans and patriots. It’s a segregated club for aspiring commies and marxists only.

  2. This has nothing to do with environmental control. It’s all about gun control/people control. . Make ammo so expensive you cannot afford it. Obama is using the EPA to shut down all lead factories(mission accomplished) & Coal fired power plants are next.

    1. The only thing making ammo expensive is idiots hoarding it every time there’s a blog post stating “Obama is going to ban all ammo!”

    2. @Joe, I don’t have my stash because of Obama. Mine is because the CDC said we should be ready for any type of emergency, including a zombie apocalypse. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

  3. Write your Congressional representatives- senators, congressmen, congresswomen and respectfully express your position and enlist their support on topics. A written letter has much more impact than 100 signatures on a petition. Do not threaten to remove them from office but rather respectfully state that as a constituent, you are enlisting their support and vote on an issue. Your letter may be processed by aides but well written letters reach the senator or representative.
    Commiserating in open forums may make ypu feel better but does little to influence the political process. Look, we are stuck with this president who said he would disarm America at least until the 2016 election. WRITE YOUR LEGISLATORS.

    1. they are all politicians. they will still do what they want because they can. your letters will not sway a current office holder because they believe they are above your level of intelligence.

  4. That is right! Obomination is the cause of this! I hope they’re prepared to override his veto. They need to fix it so we vote on the judges retention and also limit their terms. No one should be allowed to stay in office forever! I have never seen anything die from lead poisoning either!

  5. “Of penultimate importance is a provision that would permanently protect traditional ammunition and fishing tackle from EPA regulation under The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).”

    Apparently, the TSCA isn’t important at all since “penultimate” means “second to last.”

  6. Yes, it is good to have some good news once in a while. However, this is only possible good news. In every vote in the domed torture chamber in Mordor on the Potomac where our so-called representatives dwell and suck the life out of ordinary people, there is the possibility of something good or decent happening. Until the final vote happens in both the House and Senate and the current dictator in the white house signs the law AND the nine black-robed, out of control, unaccountable, maker upper of rights and words out of thin air have had their say, NOTHING HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED.

    1. Sean, you are too funny! It’s quite the gauntlet these things have to run, isn’t it? The temptation to have an Imperial Presidency that’s on our side is almost overwhelming, but wisdom lies in hewing to the template laid down by the founders of our republic. It’s not satisfying, nor is it easy, but sometimes, when the forces of evil are not paying attention, the good guys do slip something past them. And on those days, we celebrate…

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