Several environmentalist groups led by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) are petitioning the EPA to ban lead bullets and shot (as well as lead sinkers for fishing) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Although EPA is barred by statute from controlling ammunition, CBD is seeking to work farther back along the manufacturing chain and have EPA ban the use of lead in bullets and shot because non-lead alternatives are available. But here’s the catch: the alternatives to lead bullets are more expensive. A ban on the sale of lead ammunition would force hunters and sport shooters to buy non-lead ammunition that is often double the cost of traditional lead ammunition.  A box of deer hunting bullets in a popular caliber could be upwards of $55.

**Weekly Standard

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  1. mikeg81 Says:

    Because they can’t ban the guns, they are going after the ammunition by making it harder own by making crazy storage requirements, or by making it so expensive people will stop buying it.

    Coming soon to a Canada near you.

  2. dmorris Says:

    Banning lead for bullets is cruel to the game animals that we hunt. Lead “mushrooms” and increases the shock power of the bullet,resulting in a clean and quick kill.

    Harder substances will go clean through the animal resulting in a wound which may see it run away for miles,and suffer for days before it dies or is killed in its weakened state by predators.

    That’s why Full Metal jacket bullets are banned for hunting. Saber-tipped or Ballistic-tipped bullets are not much better than FMJ. The reason lead continues to be the main choice is it’s effectiveness in game hunting. For target shooting, copper solids or FMJ are fine.

    This is typical of many environmentalists, produce an idea with no consultation with the people who use the stuff they’re banning.

  3. The Mayor Says:

    Dmorris – great to know. I’ll keep this comment flagged because I have a feeling I’ll need this info at a later date. Good job.

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