Wednesday, November 12, 2008

NSSF responds to hunting and lead bullets issue

From the National Shooting Sports Foundation, on a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on blood lead levels in North Dakota hunters (see my previous post here for media reports of the lead bullets and hunting issue):
The CDC report on human lead levels of hunters in North Dakota has confirmed what hunters throughout the world have known for hundreds of years, that traditional ammunition poses no health risk to people and that the call to ban lead ammunition was nothing more than a scare tactic being pushed by anti-hunting groups.

In looking at the study results, the average lead level of the hunters tested was lower than that of the average American. In other words, if you were to randomly pick someone on the street, chances are they would have a higher blood lead level than the hunters in this study.

Also of note, the lead levels of children under 6 in the study had a mean of just 0.88, less than half the national average. Children over 6 had even lower lead levels. The CDC's level of concern for lead in children is 10.

Read the NSSF response here.

Read the CDC Report, available at the NSSF link above here.

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