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Shooting Industry November 2010 - Page 8

Industry Industry news By Russ Thurman he major attacks by anti-hunting groups aimed at banning traditional ammunition have prompted the introduction of legislation in Congress to protect ammunition containing lead-core components. The legislation followed a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity — a recognized anti-hunting group — to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in early August. The petition called for a ban on the production and distribution of traditional ammunition. NSSF responded to the petition with an Action Alert via its website, which prompted thousands to share the message on Facebook, Twitter and other Internet forums. Many of them contacted the EPA and their lawmakers. On Aug. 27, the EPA denied the petition, indicating it did not have the legal authority to regulate traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Lessons From Cutlery Shops — pg. 16 Congressional Bills To Protect Traditional Ammo T “ In late September, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) introduced legislation (S.3850) to exempt lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle from being banned by the EPA. “My bill simply clarifies that the com- Taking this simple step will provide certainty to these critical industries, and prevent EPA and activist litigators from dragging this issue out through the courts for years. ponents used in manufacturing shells, cartridges and fishing tackle are exempt from EPA regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Taking this simple step will provide certainty to these critical industries, and prevent EPA and activist litigators from dragging this issue out through the courts for years,” Lincoln said. ” “We applaud and thank Sen. Lincoln for introducing this commonsense measure,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF president and CEO. “This bill will help to ensure that America’s hunters and shooters can continue to choose for themselves the best ammunition to use.” The issue also gained the support of House Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), who introduced H.R.6284: “To prohibit the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating, based on material composition, any type of firearm ammunition or fishing tackle.” As of mid-October, the bill had 36 cosponsors. In additional to national attacks on traditional ammunition, legislation threatening the sale and use of such ammunition is being considered by a number of states. For more information on the threats to traditional ammunition, and to track related legislation, visit www.nssf.org, select “Industry” and “Government Relations.” CTC Defense Awarded Military Contract he Crane Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center has awarded CTC Defense a contract for the LGD-645 Laserguard. The infrared laser-sighting system is designed for the Heckler & Koch HK45C, which is carried by members of Naval Special Warfare. The Laserguards are to be delivered over a three-year period. “This competitive contract win validates our capabilities to rapidly co-develop, design and deliver critical equipment for today’s warfighter,” said Lane Tobiassen, president of Crimson Trace. “The CTC Defense team rapidly developed a product that adapts the latest laser-sighting technology to solve issues of enhanced readiness, versatility, adaptability and simplicity with a product that, simply put, will save lives.” For more information, visit www.crimsontrace.com. T LGD-645 Potterfields Support Jr. Trapshooters See page 10 $250,000 2010 “It makes us feel good to know our customers are safe.” Larry Hyatt, Hyatt Coin & Gun See page 24 In Manufacturer Rebates See page 19 $4,500+ Subscribe to SI Digital: 8 NOVEMBER www.shootingindustry.com. Read SI DIGITAL It’s Free! www.shootingindustry.com

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