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Proposed “Safety” Regulations Would Dry Up Ammunition Sales

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osha-2.JPGThe federal government is considering a series of new rules that would apply to workplaces where “explosives” are handled, giving rise to a concern that the restrictions could be used to limit – or eliminate – reasonable access to firearms ammunition.

Among those raising the issue is the NRA, which is publicizing a request that firearms owners express their opinion on the issue before a deadline of July 12.

“The proposed rule indiscriminately treats ammunition, powder and primers as ‘explosives,'” the NRA said in a published statement.

OSHA’s proposal would “revise” its standards for “explosives and blasting agents” to include ammunition.

The NRA noted that it is important to note the rule – at this point – still is “proposed.”

“So there’s still time for concerned citizens to speak out before OSHA issues its final rule. The National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Sport Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute will all be commenting on these proposed regulations, based on the severe effect these regulations (if finalized) would have on the availability of ammunition and reloading supplies to safe and responsible shooters,” the NRA said.

One WND reader described the situation as the “backdoor elimination of firearms,” noting that Sens. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Minn., all are on the OSHA oversight committee.

The public comment period ends July 12. To file your own comment, or to learn more about the OSHA proposal, click here or go to and search for Docket Number OSHA-2007-0032”; you can read OSHA’s proposal and learn how to submit comments electronically, or by fax or mail.

The NRA also provides a sample letter for concerned citizens to complete and forward.