Below The Radar – LEAD Act

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Below The Radar – LEAD Act

United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Attacks on our right to keep and bear arms don’t just take the form of gun bans or universal background checks. If anything, anti-Second Amendment extremists have always been scheming to find ways to make it harder to exercise our rights, and some of them are quite diabolical in the way many Second Amendment supporters do not see them coming.

One such bill is HR 405, the LEAD Act, introduced by Ted Lieu, a congressman from California (no surprise, a Democrat). In this case LEAD stands for Lead Endangers Animals Daily, and it bans the use of traditional ammunition on lands that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has jurisdiction over. For a first offense, there is a $500 fine, with additional offenses leading to fines from $1,000 to $5,000.

When compared to the sentences that occur from violating 18 USC 924, these seem mild, and this bill seems like it isn’t a big deal at first glance. But it actually hits those who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights hard in multiple ways. One of the worst is that Lieu’s proposed ban, based on an Obama Administration “midnight regulation” that President Trump overturned, hits their pocketbook.

Traditional ammo is relatively cheap, even in a time where a gun store can sell a shipment of 80,000 rounds in 30 minutes. For many who acquire firearms for hunting, personal protection, or just plain target shooting, it’s not just about buying the gun. They need to make sure it is sighted in properly, that they have an idea of what ammunition works best for them, and that they have sufficient proficiency with that firearm/ammo combination to safely use it. That takes a lot of rounds.

Now bad can the hit be? For example, a box of 25 non-toxic shotgun shells runs for over $40 at SportsmansGuide.com. Assuming you’d have enough proficiency and confidence in a shotgun/shell combo after firing 250 rounds, that’s $400 before one single “for real” use. By comparison, a box of 25 traditional shells runs for about $13 at that same site. Assuming the same 250 rounds for proficiency and confidence, that is a difference of $270 – enough to buy a FMK semiauto pistol from Sportsman’s Guide (following all state and federal laws, of course).

Of course, this is the real reason for the bill – to make exercising Second Amendment rights unaffordable. Second Amendment supporters should contact their Representatives and Senators and politely urge their opposition this legislation. Second Amendment supporters should also support the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action and Political Victory Fund to ensure that the current anti-Second Amendment regimes in the House, Senate, and White House are defeated at the ballot box as soon as possible.


About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

Harold Hutchison

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Bill
Bill(@navy-cwo)
8 months ago

If the feds can’t outlaw guns; then they’ll tax the krap out of ammo, components, and parts. The hope is that eventually guns will become wall decorations only!

JO
JO(@aircommuter)
9 months ago

Former governor already signed a lead ban for hunting. Where’s this guy from?

jrw
jrw(@cappy)
9 months ago

During the Trump years, after the fiasco Obie, I added 28,000 rounds. Now stored in 4 locations along with that needed to make them go bang. January 2020 you could but 1000 rounds of 5.56 plus 10 mags for $139 delivered. Did you think it would get cheaper?

Get Out
Get Out(@get-out)
9 months ago

The anti’s are currently attacking anything and everything gun related, semi-auto guns, ammo because of lead, transfer of guns to family members or friends, gun parts and other gun related components. Gun owners are going to get to the point that no more compromise.

jrw
jrw(@cappy)
9 months ago
Reply to  Get Out

The liberals may not know what they are about to start. The British tried to take guns away twice and it didn’t work well for them. Why would liberals think it will be better for them?

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt(@gregoryromeu)
8 months ago
Reply to  jrw

“We will circle back around on that issue.”

Knute
Knute
9 months ago

Harold is coming along nicely. I didn’t find a single word suggesting that the grabbers should be appeased by giving up something. Perhaps we’ll make a patriot of him yet! 🙂

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt(@gregoryromeu)
8 months ago
Reply to  Knute

And monkeys will fly out of our butts?

StLPro2A
StLPro2A(@stlpro2a)
9 months ago

Lead Endangers Politicians. That’s what gun control is all about. Protecting their own tyrannical asses from Patriots about to get fed up with their shit.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
9 months ago

Spammer reported

American Patriot
American Patriot(@american-patriot)
9 months ago

Yeap….Don’t shoot someone in front of witnesses or cameras……..!

UncAl
UncAl(@justtryit)
9 months ago

News flash: it really stands for “Lets Eliminate All Democrats!”

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
9 months ago

That was only about half my ammo, here’s the rest.

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax(@grammar)
9 months ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

Ryben,

You desperately need to back-fill the holes in your supply. Seriously. 1K per weapon held in reserve, then you start piling up the shootable supply. I see 6 weapons right off, that’s one safe not quite full. It should have at least 10K of ammo to back it up. You need to get serious yesterday.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
9 months ago

Oh, those are the only ones in that part of the room.
Trust me, I have more rifles.
The shelves hold about 500 rounds of several calibers I did not buy ammo boxes for them. Deli containers work OK for smaller amounts.
Powder is non-existent or I would make more ammo.

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax(@grammar)
9 months ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

Ryben,

Throw an ounce of rice in each container and seal it up. The rice will act as a desiccant.
Ammo should never be left out unsealed, cool and dry are imperative.

Last edited 9 months ago by Dave in Fairfax
Knute
Knute
9 months ago

Rice is so good at sucking up moisture one can even drop your phone in a puddle and bring it back to life. Just remove the battery, shake out the water. and seal it up in a baggie of rice for a couple days. Put the battery back in and they fire right back up. I’ve had to do it twice now.
Phones in shirt pockets, working in the shop, and puddles don’t play well together! 🙂

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax(@grammar)
9 months ago

PS,

Even a Conex will do if you don’t have much ammo to stash.

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt(@gregoryromeu)
8 months ago

Actually, you have to sharpen your tactics and start picking up the ammo dropped by your threat(s).

StLPro2A
StLPro2A(@stlpro2a)
9 months ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

I’d like a 00 buck coffee table and a 50BMG end table please…..

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J(@retaile23)
9 months ago

Since they can’t ban all firearms, they start with a few, then it’s parts, accessories, lead shot and now lead bullets. They restrict who can make and distribute and who can buy and sell. Essentially, the American people have become the democrats worst enemy.

Tionico
Tionico(@tionico)
9 months ago
Reply to  MICHAEL J

Why do you think the “EPA” eventually “discovered” that there were lead mining and smelting operations here in the US that “could be” shut down to “save us all”?

It started a LONG time ago, and will not let up until we either knuckle under or “t’row da bums outt”.

Which will it be?

Cruiser
Cruiser(@cop1771)
9 months ago

I know, let’s make up a stupid law and make up a cute little name to go with it.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
9 months ago

I’m flattered you chose my stash for the article picture. Yes, that’s mine. I uploaded it sometime back to another article.

Bdcaron
Bdcaron(@bdcaron)
9 months ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

Nice stash, I’m envious. Living in Commiefornia sucks.

Watch out for a late night or early morning knock on the door.

DonP
DonP(@donp)
8 months ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

No pistol?

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull(@rld454c)
9 months ago

One of the last lead smelters in the united states was closed in East Helena by the Obama administration . Liberals are more toxic than lead . Let’s remove all gun hating liberals out of America . This will solve most of our problems .

swmft
swmft
9 months ago

the shortages we have now are a back handed obuma(yes bum) gun control measure stop led and copper smelting in Gary Indiana put all those people out of work epa controls licensing for smelters closed them same epa controls import of toxic substances we switch to steel kills reloading

Last edited 9 months ago by swmft
Rowboat
Rowboat(@nathan-hale)
9 months ago

Since there aren’t any lead manufacturers or lead production mining left in the US and China has a monopoly on it, the Chinese will go belly up ?

3l120
3l120(@cvixx)
9 months ago
Reply to  Rowboat

I shudder at the thought, but maybe Red China and the USSR will be the ones that supplies our lead for ammo. Until then hoard those tire weights!!

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt(@gregoryromeu)
8 months ago
Reply to  3l120

And used car batteries.

JPM
JPM(@jpm)
9 months ago

USFWS is, in many cases, more draconian (worse) than BATFE when it comes to abusing the Constitution and the rights of American Citizens. The original lead ban, which forced the use of steel shot for migratory waterfowl, was based on faulty research and studies (lies), and the same type of research continues to be used by USFWS, to “create” new laws and regulations which do nothing for wildlife, but everything for USFWS by increasing their authority and funding.

Last edited 9 months ago by JPM
Bdcaron
Bdcaron(@bdcaron)
9 months ago
Reply to  JPM

I’m posting this article on Fakebook. I hope you don’t mind me using your comment as the header. Nice job.

PAF145
PAF145(@paf-145)
9 months ago

Ted is just another commie coming out of the closet

RoyD
RoyD(@royd)
9 months ago

That’s what I call “a start.”

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
9 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

Unfortunately the lack of powder prevents me from adding to it, although I have primers, brass and bullets. That’s my stash.

3l120
3l120(@cvixx)
9 months ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

Powder’s easy, try looking for primers!

Big George
Big George(@biggeo44)
9 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

…or, a weekend in the desert target practicing!

RoyD
RoyD(@royd)
9 months ago
Reply to  Big George

Waste not, want not.