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Thursday, March 12, 2009

National Park Service Ban on Traditional Ammunition

I have written on this site a number of times that gun owners have as much if not more to fear from anti-rights regulations that can be enacted without congressional approval than from legislation in the immediate future. I don't like saying I told you so but...

Yesterday, the National Park Service announced its intention to ban traditional ammunition containing lead in all its parks. This is bad news for hunters already hit by a weakened economy and hard to find ammo because the move would force them to use more costly ammo like tungsten, copper, and steel. The restrictions, set to take affect by the end of 2010, were announced without regard to science or soliciting feedback from sportsmens’ groups according to the NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance also issued an action alert.

Knowing the cost impact it would have on hunters, anti-hunting groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have been pushing for a ban on lead ammo.

Just a couple of years ago, California banned traditional lead ammo in the part of the state known as the California condor range. The anti-hunting crowd used bogus science to push the ban saying that the California condor was being poisoned by lead in the carcases of unretrieved wildlife killed with lead ammo. Pro-rights advocates know that what becomes law in California does not take long to spread across the country.

VSSA will keep members informed on how they can be part of the regulatory process to encourage the park service to reconsider this hastily concluded policy before it goes into effect by the end of 2010

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