The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission recently rejected a proposed lead ammunition ban supported by environmentalists and anti-hunting activists.
Last Wednesday, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission members voted to reject a petition calling for a ban on the use of lead ammunition for hunting. Currently, waterfowl hunters in Colorado (and elsewhere in the United States) must use lead free ammunition, but lead is acceptable for most other types of hunting.
Though presented as a simple environmental regulation, some in the hunting and shooting community see proposed lead ammunition bans as a thinly veiled attack on the hunting industry by anti-hunting groups. The petition had over 10,000 signatures, and only 53 were from actual residents of the state.
Lead free ammunition is often more expensive than traditional ammunition that uses lead. Though there are more companies that produce lead free bullets than there used to be, lead free ammunition is not nearly as common or as easy to find as ammunition that contains lead.
Studies are predicting that the number of hunters in California may decline by over 50,000 over the next five years in response to a new ban on hunting with lead ammunition.
Hunters in Colorado fear the future of the sport in their own state.
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