I stumbled across a letter to the editor at mariettatimes.com wherein one Sam Ludtman claimed that the United Nations wants to ban lead ammunition. “The United Nations wants to ban the use of lead ammunition for firearms worldwide, discussing the possibility of imposing sanctions against smelters and manufacturers of lead bullets or outright bans during the upcoming Nov. 4 to 9 U.N. Convention On Migratory Species [CMS] in Quito, Ecuador. Material for the meeting suggests that ‘voluntary approaches to restricting use of lead ammunition’ do not work on a national level and for a proposed ban to work, a ‘range of societal issues’ would need to be addressed, including ‘philosophical issues regarding gun rights and increased government oversight of shooting.'” Despite the fact that the story appeared on infowars.com, it seems semi-legit. It included this . . .
link to the review materials for the conference, which does indeed contain the quotes quoted. A little Google-Fu later, and I found a 2002 (yes 2002) CMS publication which delved into the [alleged] need for a lead ammo ban. Browsing its glossy e-pages, it’s clear that U.N. members have embraced the prospect like a returning American GI hugging his kids. In slow motion. That said, the report doesn’t say anything about banning lead ammunition in general. It’s scope is limited to waterfowl hunting.
Anyone who thinks that the United Nations will produce a signed treaty banning lead ammunition is bananas. For hunters, sure. For civilians generally, maybe. If so, the U.S. Senate would never pass it and even President Hillary Clinton wouldn’t dare sign it. (Would she?) More to the point, U.N. member nations need lead ammunition to shoot each other, or proxies or whatever. LOTS of it. Global News Wire:
“Ammunition (Defense, Homeland Security and Others) Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2013 – 2019”, states that the global ammunition market, which valued US$9,235.8 million in 2012, will grow at a CAGR of 1.3% between 2013 and 2019, to acquire net worth of US$10,093.1 million by 2019. Territorial disputes in many nations in the recent years coupled with rising crime rates across the globe are fueling growth of the ammunitions market.
Sure, rising crime rates account for rising ammo sales. Anyway, what are the chances that the U.N. can force this market to switch to lead-free-only ammo? Nil. Still, California hunters will tell you: the ban on lead ammo is not without its costs. Why wait? Do it for the condors!