Bill Reaches Senate Floor, Please Contact Your State Senator Today!
On Tuesday, January 29, Senate Bill 2406, introduced by State Senator Steven Tolman (D-2nd Suffolk & Middlesex), will be heard on the Senate Floor. SB2406 would create a more restrictive policy regarding the use of "toxic chemicals" in the Commonwealth.
Unless amended, this legislation could virtually shut down all shooting ranges as well as ban the sale and use of lead ammunition for self-defense, hunting, and target practice in the Commonwealth. Non-lead alternatives exist for ammunition but are significantly more expensive and, in many instances, have sub-standard performance characteristics. Shooting ranges already fall under federal EPA regulations concerning environmental impact and recent science and EPA guidelines show that lead ammunition on shooting ranges can be managed without detrimentally affecting the environment. Predictably, this legislation does not account for the serious impacts on shooting ranges and the sportsmen and gun owners who use them.
State Senator Bruce Tarr (R-1st Essex and Middlesex) will be offering an Amendment to address the concerns of gun owners and shooting enthusiasts. Please call your Senator prior to 1:00 P.M. and respectfully urge him or her to vote “yes” on the Bruce Tarr Amendment. Contact information for your State Legislator can be found at http://www.mass.gov/legis/memmenus.htm.