Maine: Lead Ammo Ban Scheduled for Public Hearing

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U.S.A. -( On Monday, April 5, the Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Committee will hold a public hearing on LD 1015, which bans the use of traditional lead ammunition when hunting. Please contact your State Representative and ask them to OPPOSE LD 1015.


Legislative Document 1015 prohibits the use of lead ammunition when hunting.  The use of lead ammunition is under attack by anti-hunting and anti-gun extremists who ignore science and misinform policymakers and the public on the effects of extremely small amounts of lead. In truth, these extremists want lead ammunition banned because it discourages participation in hunting and shooting.  Traditional ammunition is significantly cheaper than its alternatives.  Increasing the price of ammunition will only ensure lower-income hunters likely won’t be able to provide food for their families. Further, the alternatives to lead ammunition can be less lethal (and therefore less ethical for hunting), and generally are not better for the environment.  Make no mistake, the ultimate goal is to end hunting, and this is the first step.

In the United States, wildlife biologists do not manage wildlife based on single mortality incidents or emotions, but instead on science and population data. Our country’s wildlife management practices are based on the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, which is widely recognized as the best in the world. For more than a century, wildlife in the United States has been successfully managed through this model and has led to the restoration of multiple species. A decrease in the purchase of traditional ammunition would adversely affect conservation funding. Hunters are the largest supporters of conservation through excise taxes levied on ammunition, firearms, and hunting equipment by the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937, which generated more than $6 million in funding for Maine wildlife conservation in 2020 alone.

Again, please contact your State Representative and ask them to OPPOSE LD 1015. NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters are also encouraged to testify or submit written testimony. You must be signed up to testify remotely, 30 minutes before the start of the hearing.

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As a native Mainer with a deep respect for our animals, habitats, and the environment by and large, with an appreciation for non-leaded projectiles, I believe this is an overreach. Maine big game hunting does not contribute to even a small fraction of a percentage of lead contamination. There is no data that non-waterfowl hunting contributes to even a slight level of contamination that would adversely impact Humans. During the pandemic I was unable to acquire non-leaded turkey shells as I normally would use: I did not hunt last season due to this. This literally has an adverse impact on… Read more »

David LaPell

Given the “green” push going on with the Democrats and the Federal Government, I wouldn’t be overly shocked if we start seeing a push to ban lead ammo on Federal land and then eventually the left leaning states like California to go along with it. It was mentioned here in NY, but never came to pass, in the annual hunting books when you get your license, there’s always a page telling hunters to find “alternatives”. I’ve been myself buying and putting away bismuth and I have molds to cast non-lead bullets if need be and have gotten bismuth shot for… Read more »

Pssst! Hey Bub!

Kommieforniastan already has a full ban on lead ammo for hunting on all lands, public and private. It was phased in and was complete a couple years ago.

Get Out

Thousands of hunters and fisherman need to attend the public hearing on LD 1015 and voice their objection. Banning lead for all hunting will not end there.

Ansel Hazen

I see that it is on the list of bills being watched by Gun Owners of Maine.


If you can all hunters need to fight theses lead bans.

Just more foolishness to attack hunting


I am kind of partial to your name and, apparently, your thinking.