In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a petition filed by a number of groups (led by the radical environmental group Center for Biological Diversity) to ban the use of lead ammunition. Now, they’re back, asking for any and all possible regulations, up to and including “a complete ban on bullets and shot containing lead for use in hunting and shooting sports.”
The 2010 denial was based on a simple fact. The EPA does not have the legal authority under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) to ban or regulate ammunition.
As we reported in 2010, this is not an accident. When TSCA was passed in 1976, pro-gun legislators led by the late Sen. James McClure (R-Idaho) added language to the bill specifically exempting ammunition from EPA control. They knew, even then, that radical anti-hunting groups could try to use the law to end hunting and recreational shooting by making ammo too expensive. Their foresight has now provided an invaluable protection against the effort to ban traditional lead ammunition.
READ THE FULL NRA-ILA ATERT HERE.