Thune Provision on Ammo and Fishing Tackle in Funding Bill

Thune Provision on Ammo and Fishing Tackle in Funding Bill

John_Thune_official_photoWASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, announced today that the omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015 includes an important provision championed by Thune preventing the Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating lead in ammunition and fishing tackle for one year.

“This is a big win for sportsmen and women in our state,” said Thune. “If the EPA bans lead in ammunition and fishing tackle, it would dramatically increase the cost, making hunting and fishing unaffordable for many enthusiasts. This one-year ban provides some reprieve to sportsmen and women around the country while giving the Senate time to take up my bill to permanently ban the EPA from regulating ammo and tackle. It is important we ensure that future generations of South Dakotans are not unnecessarily restricted from hunting, fishing, and enjoying the great outdoors.”

Thune introduced the Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act in the Senate with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) in September of 2013. This legislation would permanently exclude ammunition and fishing tackle from regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act, leaving the oversight to the relevant state agencies, which currently regulate ammunition and fishing tackle.


4 Replies to “Thune Provision on Ammo and Fishing Tackle in Funding Bill”

  1. Anon.

    Umm, no. This furlough will have little to no consequence for the average South Dakotan. Firstly, if all you are able to hunt is public walk-in because you are not a landowner or able to pay to hunt on a preserve, well, then you are already hunting with steel. Secondly, if you are hunting geese, ducks, any waterfowl whatsoever….yep, steel. Yeah, I pretty much spent the time and money to replace my lead 6 shot with a comparable steel shot, so, thanks!? Oh, and got my tackle box fixed up too. Even the bottom-bouncers are steel. So, again….thanks!? Seriously, I am not concerned about lead exposure in the habitat, as I did what the law told me to do. However, I would like you to work with the EPA to ensure that I am minimizing my exposure to mercury every time I eat a perch caught on Big Stone Lake. That, would be most useful, but I am not going to hold my breath…or maybe I should?!

    1. Anonymous

      Uhm, no. Way to distract everyone with your “I already use steel” argument. Yes it’s true that we need to use steel on public lands when shooting birds, but ammo manufacturers use lead in more than just shotgun shells. And, even though you don’t apparently have access to private hunting land opportunities, thousands and thousands of South Dakotans do. Including me and my family, and i am NOT a landowner. So does this impact us? You betcha! And I hope he gets the permanent ban enacted as well. Keep up the good work, Sen. Thune.

  2. Anon.

    Oh, and good work in distracting us with this while approving the purchase of 35 new advanced fighters at a cost of a couple extra billion. Here is the cool part, the military didn’t even want the planes! Seriously? Too bad you cannot go back and have Doc. explain conservative principles to you; our old friend would set you straight over a beer at Carey’s


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