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Court rules against environmentalists seeking EPA regs for lead bullets

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

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    A federal appeals court has ruled against environmentalists who are trying to force the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate spent lead bullets and lead shot used in hunting and shooting sports.

    In a decision favorable to gun enthusiasts, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Tuesday that environmental groups have suggested no way in which EPA could regulate spent lead bullets and shot without also regulating cartridges and shells.

    The Toxic Substances Control Act exempts cartridges and shells from regulation.

    The National Rifle Association and much of the pro-gun lobby intervened on the EPA's side in urging the federal appeals court to uphold the dismissal of a lawsuit by 101 environmentalist organizations.

    "Given that bullets and shot can become spent only if they are first contained in a cartridge or shell and then fired from a weapon," the environmental groups "have identified no way in which EPA could regulate spent bullets and shot without also regulating cartridges and shells," precisely what the law prohibits, said the decision by appeals judge David Tatel, a nominee of President Bill Clinton. The other two judges on the case were Patricia Millett and Cornelia Pillard, both nominees of President Barack Obama.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...-epa-regs-for-lead-bullets/?intcmp=latestnews
     
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    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

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    This was most likely a backdoor attempt at gun control.
     
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    just-want-peace Well-Known Member

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    Yep! If they can't get what they want by legislation, they'll try by regulation.:sleep:
     
  4. matt wade

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    So, a judge nominated by Clinton, and two nominated by Obama, sided with the law (and the NRA)? Amazing! Maybe everyone associated with Clinton and Obama isn't as crooked as you guys think,
     
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    Good call, as I understand things.
     
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    InTheLight Well-Known Member

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    As you say, it looks like a backdoor attempt at gun control. Not only that, but it looks like they selected a US court district that they thought would be sympathetic to their cause. Interesting that three Democratic appointees would (unanimously?) rule to uphold this law and not "legislate from the bench". There may still be hope!
     
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    So, if a criminal shoots me, he will not have to file an EPA report about the disposal of lead?
     
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    just-want-peace Well-Known Member

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    No problem here; you died of lead poisoning.
    The method of acquiring the fatal dose is of no consequence - just that you died of "LEAD POISONING" - ergo new regs needed!
     
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