Prior to President Obama leaving office he signed an executive order called, “Use of Nontoxic Ammunition and Fishing Tackle.” What the order did was prohibit the use of lead in ammunition or fishing tackle that is used on the premises of government property. This deeply affected the Department of Interior because it covered wildlife refuges. He felt it could harm plants and animals. But now under the Trump administration, this excessive overregulation is a goner.
This was done in an attempt to thwart Trump once he took office. Because of the swift way it was handled the ammunition and sports communities weren’t consulted what so ever. Even the Director of the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service objected. This wasn’t done in the best interests of the American public but in the best interest of the Obama administration.
Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior Vice President and general counsel said,
“This directive is irresponsible and driven not out of sound science but unchecked politics. The timing alone is suspect. This directive was published without dialogue with industry, sportsmen and conservationists. The next director should immediately rescind this, and instead create policy based upon scientific evidence of population impacts with regard to the use of traditional ammunition.”
Chris Cox is the executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action and he said,
“This was a reckless, unilateral overreach that would have devastated the sportsmen’s community. The Obama administration failed to consult with state fish and wildlife agencies or national angling and hunting organizations in issuing this order. This was not a decision based on sound scientific evidence — it was a last second attack on traditional ammunition and our hunting heritage.”
Newly appointed and sworn in Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ryan Zinke was clear that this would be one of the first regulations he would repeal upon taking office. Zinke stated,
“After reviewing the order and the process by which it was promulgated, I have determined that the order is not mandated by any existing statutory or regulatory requirement and was issued without significant communication, consultation or coordination with affected stakeholders.”
This is in line with Zinke’s policies of not conveying federally public and owned land to private owners. It is his goal to make sure that public lands remain in the hands of the public and that wildlife is protected and he is doing just that.
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