Traditional Ammunition Protection
Lead in Ammunition and Fishing Tackle
Recently the use of traditional hunting ammunition and fishing tackle containing lead has been under assault. Last year, anti-hunting and fishing groups joined together to petition the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) to force the EPA to exercise its regulatory authority to ban traditional ammunition and fishing tackle containing lead components.
Though the EPA denied the petition, the petitioners have since filed suit in federal court challenging the denial of their petition. SCI has been a leader in defending the use of traditional ammunition from these attacks on many fronts.
SCI has joined with the NRA to intervene in the lawsuit brought by Center for Biological Diversity and other groups (CBD) against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). CBD is asking the Court to require the EPA to ban lead fishing tackle and consider banning bullets as an ammunition component.
SCI moved to jointly intervene in this case with the National Rifle Association to defend the use of traditional ammunition and fishing tackle. Recently another Intervener group, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, moved to dismiss part of the lawsuit. We are awaiting a ruling on the motion to dismiss.
SCI is also working legislatively to oppose bans on traditional hunting and fishing implements. SCI has helped craft legislation to protect the use of these implements and has made such legislation a priority. This legislation will remove the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban traditional ammunition and fishing tackle containing lead components.
This legislation will protect our hunting, recreational shooting and fishing heritage while concurrently facilitating the important benefits these industries contribute to our nation’s economy and treasured natural resources.
The TSCA petition is just the most recent in a long string of attacks on our cherished hunting and fishing heritage. The assault shows no signs of letting up. In the last two years, the National Park Service (NPS) has banned the use of traditional ammunition and fishing tackle containing lead components by its employees and contractors. The agency has also proposed a goal of implementing a full ban on the use of traditional ammunition and fishing tackle containing lead on NPS managed lands. Additionally, California, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin have either introduced or proposed limitations on the use of traditional ammunition and fishing tackle containing lead.