September 28, 2009

Senators Inquire About Traditional Ammunition Ban in National Parks

WASHINGTON -- Thirteen U.S. senators have begun asking Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about actions by the National Park Service (NPS) to ban the use of traditional ammunition in parks that allow hunting.

In a letter to Secretary Salazar, 13 senators detailed their concerns about the impact a ban on traditional ammunition would have on hunters, the economy and wildlife populations.

"At this time, the motives behind NPS actions addressing lead issues are very unclear. Especially in these difficult economic times, this action will discourage people from hunting and fishing and decrease revenue into the Pittman-Robertson fund that funds state conservation efforts," read the letter.

Ammunition Ban in National Parks

Ammunition Ban in National Parks

"The NPS 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."

In concluding their letter to Secretary Salazar, the senators wrote: "We request that NPS cease all actions to prohibit the use of lead products on NPS lands by private citizens and NPS personnel."

Signatories on the letter include:

  • Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Sen. James E. Risch(R-ID)
  • Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY)
  • Sen. Roger F. Wicker (R-MS)
  • Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
  • Sen. Michael B. Enzi (R-WY)
  • Sen. Robert F. Bennett(R-UT)
  • Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
  • Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)
  • Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
  • Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)

"The move by members of the United States Senate to step in and raise concerns about the NPS making any unilateral actions concerning traditional ammunition is welcomed by conservation and sportsmen's groups throughout the country and the entire firearms industry," said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry.

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Comments (5)

They have been trying to back door this crap in and through Commifornia for long time now, and are even working harder now, even though the crap will have more businesses and people moving out of the state. Nothing like a bunch off leftest morons making stupid laws and can't inforce them or afford them. God Bless America and Our Troops past, Present and Future
Keeping to My Oath, Locked, Loaded, and Keeping My Powder Dry

Posted by: bear1 | October 7, 2009 11:40 PM    Report this comment

I agree with those folks who have pegged these ammunition restrictions as "back door" approaches to gun control. In reality, the amount of lead that gets deposited in any one area due to hunting, just is not that significant in terms of adverse environmental effects. So, here we see the left wingers are at it again. The left wing anti-Second Amendment types are forming alliances with the left wing environmentalists. All of these leftists bear serious watching. They are a constant threat to our liberties, and they are not going to go away anytime soon.

Posted by: canovack | October 1, 2009 12:13 PM    Report this comment

It's just another way to control guns. No matter what legislators say in campaigns, you have to watch how they vote...then vote them out!

Posted by: dgray64 | October 1, 2009 10:21 AM    Report this comment

IIRC, there have been seven state legislatures so far which have introduced legislation to either ban lead ammo, serialize ammo, microstamp ammo, tax each round of ammo, or simply ban all "military and police" caliber ammo. So, it seems that you're right, Robert. If it ain't there now, the gun-banners are pushing it hard.


Posted by: Lee W | September 30, 2009 5:07 PM    Report this comment

It's clear that by going after ammunition in some way, shape, or form is the current strategy of the anti-gunners. I think the current administration may leave gun laws alone for awhile so they don't have a repeat of the 1994 elections because of the assault weapons ban. I do think they will back door the fight by going after ammo.

Posted by: Robert J | September 30, 2009 9:46 AM    Report this comment

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