Traditional Lead Ammo Under Attack Again

Just when it looks like the use of lead in ammunition and fishing tackle is safe, another movement starts to ban the metal for sporting purposes.

Once again, the Center for Biological Diversity has filed a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency to ban all lead from ammunition, which they claim is poisoning wildlife. According to, “It’s the second time the group has attempted to get the EPA to take up the cause, and the group is currently suing the federal agency for rejecting the previous bid.”

Hunting groups are coming out strong against this petition, as they did with the first attempt from the Center for Biological Diversity. And according to a poll on, 45.6 percent of sportsmen disagree with any ban on lead used by sportsmen.

“They are like a woodpecker without any wood. They just keep pecking away,” Lawrence Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation told “It’s clear that their motivation is to end hunting in the United States.” Keane continued to point out that there is no sound science to support the claim that lead ammunition harms wildlife.

The battle in the EPA is centered around the the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. The Center for Biological Diversity says it’s the EPA’s jurisdiction to regulate ammunition. The EPA, however, does not agree with that, and says they don’t have regulatory power over lead for hunting purposes.

Earlier this month, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012 was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives’s Natural Resources Committee, which, among other things, removes traditional ammunition and lead fishing tackle from the EPA’s jurisdiction.

Hopefully this bill quickly becomes a law and brings an end to this debate.

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