Even if you're not a diehard fan of the 2nd Amendment like I am, you should care about this one. The EPA is proposing a ban on some forms of ammunition. Every time one of these bans is proposed, people run out and stock up on ammo. Now, if properly stored (COOL and DRY), ammo has a very, very long life. However, as the government becomes more abusive of rights, more and more people buy guns and fewer of them have all the knowledge of little things like this so those stockpiles of ammo are often sitting in sheds, degrading - especially in a place like Texas where the temperatures fluctuate so widely and so does the humidity. Now, THAT is an environmental hazard. It's not the ammo that's a hazard nearly so much as the threats to take it away which result in stockpiling. So send a message to the EPA that the ammo isn't inherently a hazard but these proposed bans most certainly are.
The other reason you should care is this is just another governmental attempt to do an end run around YOUR rights and effectively gut the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution and we just need to keep telling them that it is NEVER acceptable to abrogate OUR rights. There's a way to amend the Constitution so use it or leave our rights alone.
"Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Lisa Jackson, who was responsible for banning bear hunting in New Jersey, is now considering a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) – a leading anti-hunting organization – to ban all traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976, a law in which Congress expressly exempted ammunition. If the EPA approves the petition, the result will be a total ban on all ammunition containing lead-core components, including hunting and target-shooting rounds. The EPA must decide to accept or reject this petition by November 1, 2010, the day before the midterm elections. Today, the EPA has opened to public comment the CBD petition...
"Steps to take:
2. Contact Lisa Jackson directly to voice your opposition to the ban:
Lisa P. Jackson
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
Fax: (202) 501-1450
3. Contact your congressman and senators and urge them to stop the EPA from banning ammunition."
To you newbie gun owners out there, get some ammo boxes that seal, put your ammo in the boxes on a cool and dry day, seal up the boxes and leave them sealed until you actually plan to use the ammo. Have a separate box for your target practice ammo. Even in Texas, that practice ammo will be good for quite a while but do use that target ammo up (mostly because you NEED the practice or you're a hazard to everyone). Never store your ammo where it's likely to be forgotten, rained on, etc.