House Members Join Senators in Support of Traditional Ammunition in National Parks
WASHINGTON, D.C. A letter signed by members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Second Amendment Task Force raises important questions about the National Park Service's intent to ban the use of traditional ammunition in parks.
The letter was sent to Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and it follows a similar message sent to Salazar by U.S. senators last week.
A bipartisan working group dedicated to defending the Second Amendment rights of American citizens, the task force wrote that the rationale for such a ban is not based on sound scientific analysis and it would greatly restrict the ability of sportsmen to engage in hunting and fishing activities in the national parks that permit those activities.
The task force's letter adds, we are unaware of conclusive evidence that ingestion of lead fishing tackle or ammunition threatens fish and wildlife species at the population level.
The National Park Service continues to pursue a ban on traditional ammunition that it announced earlier in the year would apply to park personnel involved with culling sick and wounded animals, and indicated it would consider widening the ban to all hunters. The firearms industry, sportsmen's groups and multiple conservation organizations criticized the ban in a press release, calling it "arbitrary, over-reactive and not based on science."
The House Second Amendment Task Force's letter, signed by co-chairmen Paul C. Broun, M.D (R-Ga.) and Dan Boren (D-Okla.) and nine other U.S. representatives, encouraged Salazar to work closely with groups that represent hunters and anglers to develop a transparent scientific process to examine the impact of lead hunting and fishing products.
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