The National Rifle Association has alerted shooters and hunters to a plan proposed by the state of Washington's Department of Ecology.
"The lead ammunition you use for hunting as well as target and competitive shooting will be banned from purchase, use and ownership in the state of Washington if the state's Department of Ecology has its way," the NRA said. "Lead ammunition is a target of a series of recommendations in the Lead Chemical Action Plan prepared by the Department of Ecology."
That anti-lead sentiment is part of a larger national movement.
"Most recently, California passed a law that prohibits hunters from using lead ammunition in areas within the range of the California condor," NRA noted. "A symposium was held in June in Boise, Idaho, about the effects of lead ammunition on wildlife and humans. Most of the speakers supported a ban on lead ammunition, regardless of the cost, performance and availability of substitutes. The Department of Ecology plan is yet another effort to remove lead ammunition nationwide."
The Washington plan is open for public comment until Oct. 6, and the NRA has urged Washington shooters and hunters to make their feelings known. The plan and information about submitting comments are available at www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/pbt/leadcap
- Brian McCombie