Just before President Barack Obama’s last day in office, he quietly took one last jab at American 2nd Amendment supporters and sportsmen with an order that would make it illegal to use traditional lead ammunition.
The action, Director’s Order No. 219 from the Fish and Wildlife Service, would “[r]equire the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle to the fullest extent practicable for all activities on Service lands, waters, and facilities by January 2022, except as needed for law enforcement or health and safety uses.”
According to the government’s reasoning, the ban would protect the health of humans, fish and wildlife.
But there’s virtually no scientific research to prove that the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle negatively affects the health of outdoorsmen or wildlife.
While it isn’t likely that the ban will improve wildlife health, it will certainly make it more expensive for hunters and fisherman forced to purchase more expensive ammunition and fishing equipment.
Unsurprisingly, the administration pushed the action through without consulting the nation’s sporting community.