PUBLISHED: 9:40 PM 3 Mar 2017

1st Day On The Job: Interior Secretary Overturns Obama Restriction On Hunting Ammunition

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New Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke overturned Obama’s ban on lead ammunition

More refreshing news as the Trump administration overturns more of the socialist nonsense we have all endured for the better part of a decade. This one has to do with ammunition. Everyone knew Obama was anti-gun. But on his way out the door, he snuck in one last parting shot at the gun-owning community.

On January 19, Obama’s last full day in office, he signed into effect an order called, “Use of Nontoxic Ammunition and Fishing Tackle.” The order banned the use of lead in ammunition or fishing tackle that is used on any government property, specifically wildlife refuges. The idea is that the discarded lead can harm plants or animals remaining in the area.

The order was signed expeditiously, without consulting the ammunition or sports communities, or the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) the trade organization which represents these communities. It also drew ire on the outgoing U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe.

“This directive is irresponsible and driven not out of sound science but unchecked politics,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel said. “The timing alone is suspect. This directive was published without dialogue with industry, sportsmen and conservationists. The next director should immediately rescind this, and instead create policy based upon scientific evidence of population impacts with regard to the use of traditional ammunition.”

Lead comes standard in most bullets, and the lead free bullets are more expensive, leading many to believe the order was intended to reduce hunting.

“This was a reckless, unilateral overreach that would have devastated the sportsmen’s community,” Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement.

“The Obama administration failed to consult with state fish and wildlife agencies or national angling and hunting organizations in issuing this order. This was not a decision based on sound scientific evidence — it was a last second attack on traditional ammunition and our hunting heritage.”

Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke started his first day on the job yesterday. One of his first acts was to rescind that ridiculous order.

“After reviewing the order and the process by which it was promulgated, I have determined that the order is not mandated by any existing statutory or regulatory requirement and was issued without significant communication, consultation or coordination with affected stakeholders,” Zinke said in the order. 

In another order posted yesterday, Zinke specifically mentions that the purpose of his department is to oversee and protect the lands for the “benefit of current and future generations.” While that includes conserving wildlife and protecting the resource, it also includes creating opportunities for Americans to enjoy them. He writes specifically said the order is aimed to “increase outdoor recreation opportunities, including hunting, and fishing, for all Americans.”

The order points to the long and storied history of outdoorsmanship in our culture.

“President Theodore Roosevelt loved the outdoors, vigorously hunted wildlife, and developed a uniquely American conservation ethos….As as servant of the American people, the Department will continue to strengthen President Roosevelt’s conservation stewardship legacy through this order by seeking to expand recreational and conversational opportunities for all Americans,” the order specifies.

The order goes on to state that within 30 days, the department will come up with a number of specific actions to achieve these goals. Zinke wrote in a statement, “It worries me to think about hunting and fishing becoming activities for the land-owning elite,” he said in a statement. “This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community’s voice is heard.”

What else could we expect from Ryan Zinke? He’s a fifth generation Montanan that served as a Navy SEAL, and arrived to his first day on the job on horseback and wearing a cowboy hat, saying, “Let’s get to work!”

New Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (2nd from R) rides on horseback with a U.S. Park Police horse mounted unit while reporting for his first day of work at the Interior Department in Washington, U.S., March 2, 2017. Tami Heilemann/Department of Interior/Handout via REUTERS

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke rode to his first day on the job on horseback, and tweeted, “Let’s get to work!”

“I shall faithfully uphold Teddy Roosevelt’s belief that our treasured public lands are ‘for the benefit and enjoyment of the people’ and will work tirelessly to ensure our public lands are managed and preserved in a way that benefits all Americans for generations to come,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Secretary of the Interior oversees and controls over 500 million acres of land and 59 national parks. But the liberals are ready to hug their trees again.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement, “The revoked order would have stopped the needless, incidental poisoning of wild animals by toxic lead ammunition and fishing tackle on more than 150 million acres managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

Environmentalists claim the entire point of the lead ban was that as many as 20 million birds and animals die of lead poisoning each year, and have published questionable stories to that effect. In California, all lead ammunition is to be phased out in the next two years.

“The fact is that traditional ammunition does not pose a significant population-level risk for wildlife,” Cox, said in a statement Thursday. “On behalf of the five million members of the NRA and tens of millions of American sportsmen, we thank Secretary Zinke for eliminating this arbitrary attack on our hunting heritage.”

Zinke has also talked about overturning another key-Obama-era measure, halting oil and gas drilling in Alaska. Environmentalists have long complained that it would harm wildlife.