EPA Considers Banning Lead Bullets, UPDATE: EPA Surrenders

This is how liberty is destroyed.  Some bureaucrat sitting in an unelected position with the power to make decisions that directly effect your life whether you like it or not.

Gun-grabbing liberals have tried for decades to water down the 2nd Amendment so much to where going through the loops to own a gun is so much of a nuisance nobody will own one.  Example: New York, California, Chicago.

With recent court decisions favoring the 2nd Amendment, liberals have switched their gears to bullet control.  After all, what good is a gun without bullets?  Various tactics are being attempted, but the 2nd Amendment assault by the EPA is hot off the press.  From Investors Business Daily:

The Environmental Protection Agency of Lisa Jackson is seriously considering a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity, a leading anti-hunting group, to ban all traditional lead ammunition under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) of 1976.

If the EPA approves the petition, the result will be a ban on all ammunition containing lead-core components. Bullets made of material other than lead are often considered armor-piercing by law and are banned. So this amounts to gun control by stealth. Where permitted, it increases the cost of gun ownership and use.

The comment period on this proposed ban has just opened and will last until Oct. 31.

The EPA must accept or reject the petition by Nov. 1, the day before the midterm elections. As if Democrats don’t have enough troubles, the Obama administration risks provoking all those townsfolk bitterly clinging to their guns.

The Weekly Standard comments on the EPA’s manuver to circumvent rules that should prevent this attempt:

Several environmentalist groups led by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) are petitioning the EPA to ban lead bullets and shot (as well as lead sinkers for fishing) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Although EPA is barred by statute from controlling ammunition, CBD is seeking to work farther back along the manufacturing chain and have EPA ban the use of lead in bullets and shot because non-lead alternatives are available. But here’s the catch: the alternatives to lead bullets are more expensive. A ban on the sale of lead ammunition would force hunters and sport shooters to buy non-lead ammunition that is often double the cost of traditional lead ammunition.  A box of deer hunting bullets in a popular caliber could be upwards of $55.

This is yet another lesson of the evils of government bureaucracy.  This action by the EPA reminds me of a great quote by one of my favorite Founding Fathers:

“The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” – Thomas Jefferson


UPDATE 08/30/2010:

EPA rejected a petition to ban the use of led bullets and shotgun shells.  From U.S. News:

In a swift and unexpected decision, the Environmental Protection Agency today rejected a petition from environmental groups to ban the use of lead in bullets and shotgun shells, claiming it doesn’t have jurisdiction to weigh on the controversial Second Amendment issue. The decision came just hours after the Drudge Report posted stories from Washington Whispers and the Weekly Standard about how gun groups were fighting the lead bullet ban.

The EPA had planned to solicit public responses to the petition for two months, but this afternoon issued a statement rejecting a 100-page request from the Center for Biological Diversity, the American Bird Conservancy, and three other groups for a ban on lead bullets, shot, and fishing sinkers. The agency is still considering what to do about sinkers.