Theodore's World: House Republicans Block EPA from Banning Lead in Ammunition

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April 18, 2012

House Republicans Block EPA from Banning Lead in Ammunition

House Republicans Block EPA from Banning Lead in Ammunition

The House on Tuesday passed legislation giving hunters and fishing enthusiasts access to certain public lands to pursue their sport and also blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from banning lead for use in ammunition and fishing tackle.

The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act passed on a mostly party line vote of 274 yeas and 146 nays.

Republicans argued that the ability of sportsmen and women to fish and shoot on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service is being threatened by the Obama administration and environmentalists through bureaucratic regulations.

Republicans also said that banning lead bullets and tackle would cause economic harm to the recreation industry and kill jobs.

“It would be a massive power grab by the EPA without a clear lack of legal authority, but has that ever stopped the EPA under this administration? Sadly, it hasn’t,” said Rep. Doc Hastings (R–Wash.) chairman of the House Resources Committee.

The bill recognizes hunting and fishing as historic and traditional recreational activities on public land and requires the federal bureaucracy to support those rights, said Rep. Rob Bishop (R–Utah), chairman of the Resources subcommittee on national parks, forests and public lands…

…Federal law already bans the EPA from regulating lead ammunition, however, more than 100 environmental groups petitioned the agency last month to ban it claiming the lead can poison those who eat wild game shot with the ammunition, or other animals that accidentally ingest the metal in dead carcasses.

“There is no scientific evidence for their position,” Hastings said. “So this (bill) makes it crystal clear Congress has primacy on this issue and it should be respected.”

Wild Thing's comment.......

I don't really think it is about lead. It’s about completely overturning the second amendment, except that it’s based completely on a baldfaced lie.

Congress needs to take the government back from tyrannical agencies and get the country moving again.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 18, 2012 04:55 AM


Like Tom says, Buy Ammo.

Posted by: BobF at April 18, 2012 07:31 AM

I hear the US Secret Service is now purchasing...
silver bullets, eh? - Bonita Senorita Dinero$ or make that dinEROS...?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at April 18, 2012 11:18 AM

PS: Wild Thing - "Arnold say's I'mmmm baaaaack!"

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at April 18, 2012 11:28 AM

Liberals have been trying to attack gun owners via ammunition legislation for decades. In the Jimmy Carter era we had to register all purchases of handgun caliber ammo. Trying to legislate lead content of ammo is another way liberals have sought to limit ammo availability.

It doesn't matter if you have two dozen guns. If ammo is not available those firearms are only good as clubs. Of course we could upset liberals by buying bayonets. Seem liberals are also terrified by bayonet lugs on guns.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at April 18, 2012 12:49 PM

Tom, I've always said ammo is one way they'll go after guns. They'll use the argument the 2nd Amendment says "arms" and nothing about ammo.

Posted by: BobF at April 18, 2012 09:30 PM

Thank you everyone so much.

Darth,great to see you again. Hope all has been well with you and your dear family.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 19, 2012 03:01 AM


1968 Bob Hope Vietnam Christmas Special pt 1

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at April 19, 2012 01:51 PM