All Gun Owners, Hunters and Shooters:
With the fall hunting season fast approaching, the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Lisa Jackson, who was responsible
for banning bear hunting in New Jersey, is now considering a petition by the
Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) - a leading anti-hunting organization -
to ban all traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substance Control Act of
1976, a law in which Congress expressly exempted ammunition. If the EPA
approves the petition, the result will be a total ban on all ammunition
containing lead-core components, including hunting and target-shooting
rounds. The EPA must decide to accept or reject this petition by November 1,
2010, the day before the midterm elections.
Today, the EPA has opened to public comment the CBD
petition. The comment period ends on October 31, 2010.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the
trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports
industry -- urges you to submit comment to the EPA opposing any ban on
traditional ammunition. Remember, your right to choose the ammunition you
hunt and shoot with is at stake.
has published the petition and relevant supplemental information as Docket
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0681. If you would like to read the original petition
and see the contents of this docket folder, please click here. In order to go directly to the 'submit a comment' page for this
docket number, please click here.
NSSF urges you to stress
the following in your opposition:
- There is no scientific evidence that the use of traditional
ammunition is having an adverse impact on wildlife populations.
- Wildlife management is the proper jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Services and the 50 state wildlife agencies.
- A 2008 study by the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention on blood lead levels of North Dakota
hunters confirmed that consuming game harvested with traditional
ammunition does not pose a human health risk.
- A ban on traditional ammunition would have a negative impact on
wildlife conservation. The federal excise tax that manufacturers pay on
the sale of the ammunition (11 percent) is a primary source of wildlife
conservation funding. The bald eagle's recovery, considered to be a
great conservation success story, was made possible and funded by
hunters using traditional ammunition - the very ammunition organizations
like the CBD are now demonizing.
- Recent statistics from the United States Fish and Wildlife
Service show that from 1981 to 2006 the number of breeding pairs of bald
eagles in the United States increased 724 percent. And much like the
bald eagle, raptor populations throughout the United States are soaring.
Steps to take:
- Submit comment online to the EPA.
- Contact Lisa Jackson directly to voice your
opposition to the ban:
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
Fax: (202) 501-1450
3. Contact your congressman and senators and urge them to stop the EPA from
banning ammunition. To view a sample letter, click here.