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.
"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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