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Colorado panel keeps lead-based bullets

The chorus of voices seeking a ban on lead-based ammunition fell flat in Colorado.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission voted this month not to move forward on a citizen-raised proposal to prohibit lead ammunition for big-game hunting in Colorado.

The commission killed the petition after citing a “lack of credible scientific evidence” as to the long-term impacts of spent lead to wildlife, along with a strong lack of support from the agency itself and concern about potential impacts to hunter participation.

A study by the National Shooting Sports Foundation said banning lead bullets could raise ammo prices “on average, up to 190 percent more” than the lowest-priced traditional lead bullets.

This would “decrease the ability for citizens to participate in recreational activities,” the NSSF said.

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