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Hussein-Obama's Last-Day Lead Ban

Yes, it's real, but there's more to it

Acting on his last day in office, the 44th president who for eight years swore he supported the Second Amendment, but did virtually nothing independently to demonstrate that (he was forced into a few less than disastrous moves), had the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issue a directive to ban the use of lead on lands they control. This will affect hunting and fishing on those public lands. You can read the entire directive here:

Key portions of their announcement sum it up:

United States Department of the Interior
Washington D.C. 20240

Sec. 3 What is the Service's overall policy?
It is the Service's policy to:
Require the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle to the fullest extent practicable for all activities on Service lands, waters, and facilities by January 2022, except as needed for law enforcement or health and safety uses, as provided for in policy.

Sec. 5 What steps will the Service take to phase in the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle?
a. The Service will continue to support targeted research to understand the human, fish, and wildlife health benefits of using nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle.
b. The Service will continue to work with states and other partners on education efforts regarding the benefits and effectiveness of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle.

Sec. 6 When is this Order effective?
This Order is effective immediately. It remains in effect until we incorporate it into the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual, or until we amend, supersede, or revoke it, whichever comes first. If we do not amend, supersede, or revoke it, the provisions of this Order will terminate on July 31, 2018.

Date: January 19, 2017

Hussein-Obama left office on Jan. 20, 2017.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation remarked:
Jan. 19, 2017
NSSF Calls Foul On USFWS Director's Parting Shot On Traditional Ammunition
NEWTOWN, Conn. - The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, condemned the decision by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe banning the use of traditional ammunition on Service lands in just five years.

The parting shot, Director's Order 219 , was issued on the final full day of President Obama's administration. The last-minute action revives an effort the administration undertook eight years ago to ban the use of traditional ammunition. <snip>

Politics is a dirty business, especially when played by dirty players. Moves like this may be technically legal, but they are unethical. They lack honor. Fortunately, this maneuver can be reversed administratively.


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