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Lead Ammo Ban Fails... Again

The lamestream media told you:

Righteous, decent people organized into groups just want to fight the powerful gun lobby and save little children. They would never do anything to ban guns or ammunition or act outside the law. They would certainly never do such a thing repeatedly.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports that: "NSSF, the NRA, Safari Club International and the Association of Battery Recyclers have filed a joint brief supporting the Environmental Protection Agency's rejection of a second attempt by a Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)-led coalition of anti-hunting groups to ban traditional ammunition.

"The CBD's first attempt to ban the use of lead ammunition for hunting was denied by EPA in 2010 on the grounds the agency did not have the legal authority to regulate ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act. This decision was subsequently upheld by a Washington, D.C. federal court that dismissed CBD's challenge.

"In 2012, the CBD and 100 other organizations filed a second submission demanding that EPA regulate lead ammunition under TSCA. The EPA rejected CBD's 2012 petition concluding it was substantially the same as the one filed in 2010 and, therefore, did not require agency review. The CBD again sued EPA and again was dismissed by the same federal court that found the agency acted within its authority when it determined that the CBD's new "petition" was really a petition for reconsideration.

"In the brief, NSSF and the joint interveners agree with EPA that CBD should not be able to circumvent procedural and jurisdictional requirements by resubmitting virtually the same petition, with the addition of non-essential parties and irrelevant information, less than two years after the submission of its first petition. Clearly, the CBD's serial petitions and lawsuits constitute an abuse of administrative and judicial resources and serve none of the TSCA purposes intended by Congress."

Once the anti-rights minions have a ban on lead ammunition for one purpose, they will move on to ban ammunition for all purposes, despite their repeated and shallow denials. Repeated use of the courts, against expressed prohibitions not to, shows their true colors.

In other news, 

A package of anti-rights bills was recently introduced in Rhode Island covering a wide array of ineffective and disproven gun control schemes. State Rep. Joseph Almeida has introduced bills that would ban semi-automatic firearms, outlaw magazines over 10 rounds, and even advocate the confiscation of magazines greater than 10 rounds owned after Jan. 1, 2015. Almeida has been a long-time supporter of stripping away the rights of law-abiding citizens instead of focusing on criminal activity in the capital city of Providence. 

Fortunately, the Rhode Island Joint Behavioral Health and Firearms Safety Task Force, formed by NSSF-supported legislation in the last session of the state legislature, released its final report which focuses on allowing the state to submit mental-health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Rhode Island was one of the states targeted in NSSF's nationwide FixNICS campaign that seeks to get the records of all prohibited individuals submitted to NICS. It is clear that task force members have agreed with the firearms industry on this important issue.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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