Obama Administration’s Last Minute Gun Law- Gone!
The Trump administration took out the Obama Administration’s last minute attempt at gun laws on March 5. On the very last day of the Obama administration, former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe issued a directive banning all lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle on certain federal lands.
“This was a reckless, unilateral overreach that would have devastated the sportsmen’s community. The Obama administration failed to consult with state fish and wildlife agencies or national angling and hunting organizations in issuing this order. This was not a decision based on sound scientific evidence—it was a last second attack on traditional ammunition and our hunting heritage.” Chris Cox, NRA lobbyist
Secretary Ryan Zinke pulled the plug on that order on Sunday. He is a hunter himself.
“It’s time to put ammunition back where it belongs; in the hands of hunters.” Secretary Zinke
“Secretary Zinke’s rapid response to the previous administration’s parting shot on hunters, target shooters and anglers demonstrates the true friend and common sense solutions we can expect from the Department of the Interior. The timing of the traditional ammunition ban on federal lands tells you everything you need to know about the decision. Likewise, the decisive action by Secretary Zinke tells you what you need to know and what we can expect from an Interior Secretary who himself is a hunter, angler and outdoor sportsman.” Larry Keane, NSSF senior vice president
What Mr. Ashe didn’t tell you was that there are few alternative bullets for many hunting calibers. It was an Obama Administration plan for gun control and it was aimed directly at sport shooting. California is another State planning to ban lead ammo. This chart shows the problem:
But the trouble is brewing behind the scenes, as the environmental groups are throwing a fit over the action. Likely they will try some sort of action -like a lawsuit- against it. Interestingly, however, the EPA had turned down a lead ammunition ban back in 2010 and again in 2012.
This is from a press release in 2010:
“EPA today denied a petition submitted by several outside groups for the agency to implement a ban on the production and distribution of lead hunting ammunition. EPA reached this decision because the agency does not have the legal authority to regulate this type of product under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – nor is the agency seeking such authority.”
The Obama Administration attempted to do a last minute end-run around the process.
There has been a ban on lead shot for 24 years with regard to hunting water fowl, according to the National Wildlife Health Center. The Sierra Club and the Humane Society are extremely angry over the move by Secretary Zinke. They state that at least 15 million animals die of lead poisoning every year.