Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) has vowed to fight the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s ban on lead tackle and ammunition on USFWS public lands.
Massie, who serves as Chairman of the Second Amendment Caucus, responded to Order 219 – which prohibits lead tackle and ammunition on USFWS protected public lands – as an attack on outdoor sports and on the Second Amendment. If not challenged, this ban on lead tackle and ammunition would remain in effect until January 2022.
“On his last full day in office, President Obama’s administration made one last effort to bypass Congress and ban the use of commonly-used ammunition on public lands,” said Rep. Massie. “This isn’t about conservation. This is about reducing Americans’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights. President Obama was unable to strengthen gun control through the appropriate legislative channels, so he deferred to his “pen and phone” at the last minute. The Second Amendment Caucus will work to prevent this overreaching order from ever being implemented.”
Order 219 was announced on January 19th by outgoing USFWS director Dan Ashe. This directive would “establish procedures and a timeline for expanding the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle on Service lands, waters, and facilities and for certain types of hunting and fishing regulated by the Service outside of Service lands, waters, and facilities.”
Previous attempts to ban lead tackle and ammunition failed in the courts and at the ballot box — but the outgoing administration thought it would be prudent to sneak this egregious order in last minute. Thankfully, the new Trump administration has demonstrated it won’t replicate their predecessor’s failures with respect to angler and hunter rights.
The Congressional Second Amendment Caucus was restarted following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. It is currently chaired by Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky.
“The recent election results present us with a new opportunity to advance pro-gun legislation and reverse the erosion of the Second Amendment that’s occurred over the last few decades. I look forward to working with the new President and this determined group of conservatives to promote a pro-gun agenda,” said Rep. Massie in a December 8, 2016 statement.
It originally operated from 2004 to 2008. Since its relaunch, it has grown to include the following members: Jeff Duncan (S.C.), Ted Yoho (Fla.), Brian Babin (Texas), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Mark Meadows (N.C.), Ken Buck (Colo.), Alex Mooney (W.Va.), Justin Amash (Mich.), Jody Hice (Ga.), Dave Brat (Va.), Warren Davidson (Ohio), Scott Perry (Pa.), and James Comer (Ky.).
I’m optimistic Order 219 will be overturned. The Second Amendment Caucus, along with gun groups and true conservation groups, will work alongside one another and new officials to not encroach on our Second Amendment rights.