Many of our readers are familiar with the recent attempts by some groups (such as the Center For Biological Diversity and the American Bird Conservancy) to ban traditional ammunition and fishing tackle from the field.
A new bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would protect traditional ammunition and fishing tackle from being banned by the U.S. EPA. The bill is S. 3850 introduced by Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR). The bill seems to be a response to a petition filed under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 seeking to ban traditional ammunition and fishing tackle. The EPA announced that it did not have the have the legal authority to ban traditional ammunition but would further review the ban on traditional fishing tackle.
The new bill S. 3850 will exempt fishing tackle and traditional ammunition from being regulated under the TSCA. Because conservation depends on the funding from sales of traditional ammunition and fishing tackle, state agencies and hunter/anglers alike are watching these efforts very closely.
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