Traditional Ammunition The Topic At Outdoor Writers Association Of America Conference
NEWTOWN, Conn –-(Ammoland.com)- At the 84th Annual Outdoor Writers Association of America Conference in Snowbird, Utah, a session titled “Lead and Alternative Metals: Separating Fact from Fiction” brought together Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel, Gordon Robertson of the American Sportfishing Association, Bryan Bedrosian of Craighead Beringia South and Tom Franklin, past president of The Wildlife Society and currently with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
Keane emphasized that a ban on traditional ammunition is unwarranted and that any action related to traditional ammunition should be based on sound science and population-level impacts.
Decisions, he said, about traditional ammunition should not come from the Environmental Protection Agency, Congress or state legislatures but from federal and state wildlife agencies in consultation with the conservation community and our industry.
“If the use of alternative ammunition is mandated, hunters, shooters and law enforcement will see huge price increases, resulting in a decline in hunting and shooting participation and damage to our industry and to conservation funding.”
The panelists agreed that a ban on traditional ammunition and fishing tackle is unwarranted and that hunters and anglers should be able to choose between traditional and alternative ammunition and tackle.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.