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calendar   Tuesday - July 17, 2007

Maybe They’re Learning

There was a great uproar a couple of weeks ago when OSHA announced it was going to start regulaitng ammunition as “Explosives” (here’s a clue, powder burns, but does not explode).  The letter-writing campaign began because they accept comments on proposed regulations right on their website.  This regulation was so far-reaching that it demanded any store that had ammunition in it would have to evacuate when a thunderstorm approached.  You think Wal*Mart would be carrying ammo anymore?  One rule said you could not have ammo and weapons in the same building.  How about Joe’s gun shop?  Nope, no ammo for sale there.  You see, it was not gun regulation, but ammo regulation...a sneaky little backdoor to making firearm ownership ouright unaffordable and impractical.

NRA-ILA has the news:

Labor Department Announces It Will Revise Overreaching OSHA Explosives Rule

Monday, July 16, 2007

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it will significantly revise a recent proposal for new “explosives safety” regulations that caused serious concern among gun owners.  OSHA had originally set out to update workplace safety regulations, but the proposed rules included restrictions that very few gun shops, sporting goods stores, shippers, or ammunition dealers could comply with.

Gun owners had filed a blizzard of negative comments urged by the NRA, and just a week ago, OSHA had already issued one extension for its public comment period at the request of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.  After continued publicity through NRA alerts and the outdoor media, and after dozens of Members of Congress expressed concern about its impact, OSHA has wisely decided to go back to the drawing board.

Working with the NRA, Congressman Denny Rehberg (R-MT) planned to offer a floor amendment to the Labor-HHS appropriations bill this Wednesday when the House considers this legislation.  His amendment would have prohibited federal funds from being used to enforce this OSHA regulation.

Such an amendment is no longer necessary since Kristine A. Iverson, the Labor Department’s Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, sent Rep. Rehberg a letter, dated July 16, stating that it “was never the intention of OSHA to block the sale, transportation, or storage of small arms ammunition, and OSHA is taking prompt action to revise” this proposed rule to clarify the purpose of the regulation.


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