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Friday, August 27, 2010

One more step

NRA Warns Against New Gun Control Push ... From EPA

 Environmental agency ponders whether lead in bullets is poisoning wildlife

The National Rifle Association, already on high alert over gun control rumors, has gone to battle stations to fight a new scheme before the Environmental Protection Agency to restrict hunters and anglers from using lead bullets, shot and sinkers.
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Chief NRA lobbyist Chris Cox charges in a letter to the EPA that the effort amounts to "a vehicle to implement gun control" and could end hunting by most who can't afford the higher priced alternatives to lead.

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Environmental Protection Agency Reviewing Petition to Ban Lead Bullets

Will the EPA infuriate gun owners--and seal the fate of Democrats on November 2?

BY John McCormack

August 27, 2010 9:57 AM  
The Environmental Protection Agency Administrator  Lia Jackson make a door move to ban lead bullets the day before the November 2 elections? 
Several environmentalist groups led by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) are petitioning the EPA to ban lead bullets and shot (as well as lead sinkers for fishing) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Although EPA is barred by statute from controlling ammunition, CBD is seeking to work farther back along the manufacturing chain and have EPA ban the use of lead in bullets and shot because non-lead alternatives are available. But here's the catch: the alternatives to lead bullets are more expensive. A ban on the sale of lead ammunition would force hunters and sport shooters to buy non-lead ammunition that is often double the cost of traditional lead ammunition.  A box of deer hunting bullets in a popular caliber could be upwards of $55.

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