An amendment was added to the House Environmental Omnibus bill late last night to ban the use of traditional lead ammunition on wildlife management areas in the “farmland zone,” a massive area that comprises nearly half the state.
This traditional ammunition ban has been attempted by the Minnesota DNR through regulation in previous years, and numerous bills have also been run in the state legislature. In all these cases, sportsmen in Minnesota pushed back hard, asking for the science that supports this move and defeating each measure in turn.
The issue is back once again, but this time has been jammed into an omnibus bill in the dark of night, hoping that Minnesota sportsmen will not be watching.
Now there is no time for discussion and no opportunity to provide testimony on this extreme measure because omnibus bill packages are massive legislative vehicles that generally pass or fail in one fell swoop.
And this is the extremists’ objective, to offer no opportunity for hunters, shooters and other concerned sportsmen to register their opposition to this draconian move. We must stand together and demand that policy changes of this magnitude offer all interested parties the opportunity to engage in the process and have their voices heard. This late-night trick is nothing more than acknowledgement that they can’t get this done through the accepted legislative avenues.
We have one chance, and that’s to flood the House Environment & Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee with your phone calls and emails before TODAY’S hearing at 3 p.m. Your legislators need to hear from you.
Let’s work together and send this last-second amendment where it belongs, to the discard pile. Inform committee members that this is no way to make major policy changes, especially when banning traditional ammunition will increase the cost of hunting and shooting with no real benefit for wildlife populations or conservation.
Don’t forget to share this message with your family, friends and fellow sportsmen. Ask them to email and urge the committee to OPPOSE the traditional lead ammo ban amendment.
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