The CBD, PETA and other anti-hunting groups have been trying to force the EPA (Environmental Protective Agency) to ban all lead ammunition by filing a volley of lawsuits. They have been targeting not only hunting ammo but all bullets and shot that contain lead even that used for target shooting and plinking cans.
The District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals just threw out the latest CBD lawsuit that attempted to make the EPA virtually all commonly used ammunition.
The senior vice president and general counsel of the National Sports Shooting Federation (NSSF), Lawrence G. Keane, said “There is quite simply no sound science that shows the use of traditional ammunition has harmed wildlife populations or that it presents a health risk to humans who consume game taken with such ammunition. Banning traditional ammunition would cost tens of thousands of jobs in America and destroy wildlife conservation that is funded in part by an 11 percent excise tax on the sale of ammunition. The protection and management of wildlife is properly handled by the professional biologists in the state fish and game agencies, as it has been for over a hundred years.”
If this suit had been successful, the next moves would have been to ban copper, and then on to other materials such as materials that are used in frangible bullets.
While we have rhetorically dodged the bullet with this ruling, keep your eyes open for the next round of lawsuits.