Governor Terry Branstad has announced that he will nullify the traditional ammunition ban in Iowa, NRA-ILA reports. In rejecting the ban, Governor Branstad said, “Today, I am exercising my legal power as governor and rescinding the ban on traditional shot by executive order. The determination of whether hunters should be forced to stop using traditional lead shot is the role of the legislature, not an unelected NRC.”
In July 2011, the Iowa Natural Resources Commission (NRC) imposed the ban following the enactment of the first dove-hunting season since 1918. The NRC slipped in the ban on the use of all traditional ammunition while setting bag limits for the re-enacted Iowa dove-hunting season.
Said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, “The NRC pandered to anti-hunting extremist groups and did their political bidding. They failed to cite a single credible scientific study to back up their baseless claims to support this ban.” NRA-ILA says traditional ammunition bans are financed by extremist anti-hunting groups, such as the Humane Society of the United States and the Sierra Club. The long-term goals of these groups are to try to eradicate hunting and firearm ownership by outlawing the use of common ammunition types.