Recently, Senate File 263 was offered by state Senator Justin Eichorn (R-05) and co-sponsored by state Senators Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-08), Mark Johnson (R-01), Andrew Lang (R-17) and Thomas Bakk (DFL-03). This bi-partisan bill would prohibit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources from limiting the use of lead shot in Minnesota. Last year, your NRA-ILA fought on every level to prevent the DNR from imposing a ban in certain wildlife and wetland areas. SF 263 is exactly what your NRA-ILA was urging the legislature to do before they adjourned.
SF 263 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Environment & Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance; however, the Chair of the committee, state Senator Carrie Rudd (R-10), has not scheduled SF 263 to receive a public hearing yet. Please contact Chairman Rudd and the committee members and urge them to bring SF 263 up for consideration!
As we have seen with attempts to ban the use of lead ammunition in other states, arguments in favor of these bans are based on faulty science. It is important to fully understand the facts concerning traditional hunting ammunition so Minnesotans are not misled into adopting a ban that could negatively impact the rich hunting heritage of Minnesota. There has been no sound scientific evidence stating that traditional ammunition is having a population-level impact on any species in Minnesota. To ensure proper conservation of species, wildlife must be managed with a fact-based approach.
SF 263 is necessary to prevent the state of Minnesota from negatively impacting law-abiding hunters and ammunition manufacturers in the state. Once again, please click the “Take Action” button to contact the committee members and urge them to bring SF 263 up for consideration!