The Use of Lead in Ammunition

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110 delegates, including journalists, politicians, scientists, members of environmental institutions, hunting and sport shooting organizations and food agencies met at the Symposium “The Sustainable Use of Lead Ammunition in Hunting and Sports Shooting: Facts and Emotions” held on 20 October 2015 in Brussels.

“Rightly handled, metallic lead in ammunition is not a problem at all” said the Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition (AFEMS) President Torbjorn Lindskog.

“The use of lead in munitions in hunting and shooting, shouldn’t be used as fuel to rabble-rouse or as ammo against hunting. That would be a complete mistake,” said Member of European Parliament Renata Briano.

“There is still future for lead ammunition. The industry has been working for alternative solutions for many years spending an awful lot of money, but up to now there is no real alternative material” said the World Forum on Shooting Activities (WFSA) President Herbert Keusgen.

The event focused on the sustainable use of lead in ammunition and its impact on both the environment and human health.  The Symposium also provided an overview of the ballistic features of both lead and non-lead ammunition and assessed the current legislation at the European and International level.

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