One of President Obama’s parting shots aimed directly at America’s gun owners was an executive order banning lead ammunition on federal lands signed, almost literally, as he walked out the White House door on his final day in office.
The ban, which took effect immediately, eliminates the use of lead-based ammunition on federal lands like national parks and wildlife refuges, as well as any other land administered by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The ban is expected to have a major impact on much of the hunting that takes place on federal lands across the United States as lead-based ammunition is widely legal and used throughout the country.
Since taking office, President Trump has been reversing Obama’s executive orders at a frenetic pace.
President Trump has indeed done about as much as a president can do on his own over the past week to begin the process of unraveling a lot of President Obama’s policies. While many see his flurry of executive orders as some kind of new agenda, the real impetus behind every signed order has been to try to first bring many of the nation’s policies back where they were in 2008.
Despite the media hysteria and hand-wringing, he hasn’t reversed all of the 44th president’s executive actions. One he hasn’t addressed yet is the lead ammo ban. According to missoulian.com,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe issued a rule to gradually ban the use of traditional lead ammunition and some fishing tackle on national wildlife refuges and some other federal lands. The ban would be imposed over five years.
President Donald Trump is being criticized for using similar executive privilege to reverse some Obama measures this week, but so far Trump has not addressed the rule that could affect the use of lead for hunting, shooting and fishing on federal lands.
And the US Fish and Wildlife Service isn’t sure yet how to implement the ban.
National wildlife refuge staff contacted last week said they haven’t received word from officials in Washington, D.C., on how the rule will be handled.
“At this time, we are evaluating the order and its implications,” Gavin Shire, USFW chief of Public Affairs in Virginia, said on Friday.
Let’s hear it for bureaucratic inertia.
Trump hasn’t been in office even two weeks yet. And while he’s been criticized for everything from racism and xenophobia to poor communication and incompetence — not to mention blamed for the death of an old woman and the Canadian mosque shooting — not not even his most rabid critics have accused him of indolence.
So perhaps un-doing the Obama lead ban is still on the president’s undoubtedly lengthy to-do list. America’s shooters and hunters certainly hope so. They’d just like to see him check that box sooner rather than later.