The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia announced a decision that’s sure to be welcomed by gun enthusiasts Tuesday. The court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency lacks the statutory authority to regulate the manufacture and sale of lead ammunition.
The suit was brought by more than 100 environmental groups asking the EPA to ban the sale of lead shot and bullets pursuant to its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act, according to the Washington Examiner.
“We agree with EPA that it lacks statutory authority to regulate the type of spent bullets and shot identified in the environmental groups’ petition,” Judge David Tatel wrote in the court’s 12-page opinion.
The Examiner reported:
Environmental groups had sued the agency to do so, saying spent lead ammunition posed an “unreasonable risk of injury” to wildlife and humans who would eat the animals they kill. The groups rejected the EPA’s assertion that it lacked the authority to do so.
Environmental groups were challenging an earlier dismissal by a lower court.
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