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Shooting Industry January 2011 - Page 26
Industry news Auto-Numatic Corp. Acquires BKL Technologies A uto-Numatic Corp., the parent company of AirForce Airguns, has acquired the assets of BKL Technologies, manufacturer of air rifle and rimfire scope mounts. Auto-Numatic plans to keep the BKL name. BKL operations have been moved to the Auto-Numatic main production facility in Fort Worth, Texas. AutoNumatic is adapting the line to state-of-the-art, highvolume production equipment to ensure future availability while maintaining quality and consistency. For more information about Auto-Numatic Corp., call 1-877-AIR-GUNS. n response to a lawsuit filed in late November challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) denial of a petition to ban traditional ammunition containing lead core components, the NSSF will file a motion to intervene. This action allows NSSF to protect industry’s interests in the case and ensure the will of Congress is adhered to. The suit was brought by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), which earlier last year had petitioned EPA to ban traditional ammunition, as well as fishing tackle, containing lead. CBD claims wild birds are being harmed through the ingestion of spent ammunition fragments, though NSSF contends that no scientific evidence shows wildlife populations are being affected. In August, after considering the CBD’s petition, EPA denied the request, saying it did not have the legal authority to regulate the production and distribution of traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976. Congress expressly exempted ammunition from being regulated by this law. Some weeks after the agency’s decision on traditional ammunition, EPA also denied the other half of CBD’s request to ban fishing tackle. “We knew this fight was far from over even after we gained that early victory. The CBD petition and now this lawsuit are clearly attacks on the right of hunters to choose the ammunition that best suits their hunting and target shooting needs, and they are attacks on hunting, as well,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. For more information, visit www.nssf.org. Industry To Intervene In Lead Ammo Lawsuit I the final say Once the bullet leaves the muzzle, the result of all your preparation rides with the flight of one bullet and its performance at the target. The outcome is in your hands. Barnes. Optimized for your target.tm BarnesBullets.cOm 800.574 .9200 the bullet has tm merican Tactical Imports has selected Starkville, Miss.-based Professional Marketing Inc. (PMI) as its newest sales rep group. Tom Wiley, principal owner, leads the PMI team. The six-member rep team covers the southern territories of Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. For more information, visit www.americantactical.us and www.wileyoutdoorproducts.com. American Tactical Imports Adds Rep Group A 26 Read SI DIGITAL www.shootingindustry.com • NEW BUSINESS YEAR EXTRA 2011