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Taking aim at the ammo ban

February 15, 2017

On the last full day of the Obama Administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a director’s order that would ultimately ban the traditional ammunition and fishing tackle used by hunters, sportsmen, and fishermen across the country.

Through this directive, the FWS stated that it would be their policy to mandate that hunters and fishers only use non-lead ammunition and fishing tackle on public lands and waters by January 2022. In other words, FWS is phasing out the use of traditional lead ammunition and tackle on federal lands over a five-year period. This is a blow to sportsmen and fishermen across the country and further limits traditional recreational access to public lands.

This order – another one-size-fits-all mandate from the past administration to fix a problem that doesn’t exist – is not fueled by science or facts, only a political agenda. Lead has traditionally been used in ammunition and tackle for years. To date, no study has linked the use of lead to any negative impact on a population level of any species or ecosystem at a local or regional level. Further, I don’t have to tell you, sportsmen and fishermen are some of the country’s most dedicated conservationists.

For these reasons, I joined over 60 of my colleagues in the House in sending a letter to President Trump, urging him to take action to reverse this atrocious rule. We should take advantage of every opportunity possible to secure the traditional right of access to public land for all Americans.

Rest assured, I will continue fighting these gross power-grabs and I will continue to oppose any legislation that would infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Furthermore, I will be looking for opportunities to work with the executive branch to protect your right to lawfully use your firearms.