Senator Jen McEwen Statement on Legislation to Ban Lead-Based Ammunition

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On February 20, 2024, the USA Clay Target League issued a statement opposing proposed legislation that would ban lead-based ammunition in which they cited concerns about how this legislation would impact youth sports participation and accessibility. In response, Senator Jen McEwen (DFL-Duluth) issued the following statement: 

“Lead exposure through ammunition poses a serious threat to human health, particularly for those involved in hunting, shooting sports, and firearm maintenance. By transitioning to non-toxic alternatives, we can mitigate the adverse impacts of lead pollution on Minnesotans, the environment, and wildlife. Our legislative proposal would establish a framework to responsibly phase out toxic lead ammunition and fishing tackle in Minnesota. Shooting sports are gaining in popularity across Minnesota, which is all the more reason to take responsible action so we can mitigate lead exposure and protect our communities. I support keeping our kids safe as they take part in shooting sports, which is why I am dedicated to furthering legislative solutions to address this dire public and environmental health concern. I look forward to continued collaboration with stakeholders to transition towards using non-toxic alternatives that are safe and affordable.” 

According to the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, and National Institute for Infectious Disease, there is no safe level of exposure to lead. These organizations have publicly warned about the dangers of lead exposure, which is why Senator Jen McEwen and Representative Patty Acomb (DFL-Minnetonka) are prioritizing this issue and have introduced SF 3792/HF 3813 this legislative session. 

Jen McEwen represents Senate District 8 which covers the community of Duluth.

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