Proposed “Safety” Regulations Would Dry Up Ammunition Sales

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http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=3145
Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed new rules that would have a dramatic effect on the storage and transportation of ammunition and handloading components such as primers or black and smokeless powder. The proposed rule indiscriminately treats ammunition, powder and primers as “explosives.” Among many other provisions, the proposed rule would:

* Prohibit possession of firearms in commercial “facilities containing explosives”—an obvious problem for your local gun store.
* Require evacuation of all “facilities containing explosives”—even your local Wal-Mart—during any electrical storm.
* Prohibit smoking within 50 feet of “facilities containing explosives.”

It’s important to remember this is only a proposed rule right now, so there’s still time for concerned citizens to speak out before OSHA issues its final rule. The National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute will all be commenting on these proposed regulations, based on the severe effect these regulations (if finalized) would have on the availability of ammunition and reloading supplies to safe and responsible shooters.

The public comment period ends July 12. To file your own comment, or to learn more about the OSHA proposal, click here or go to http://www.regulations.gov/ and search for Docket Number OSHA-2007-0032”; you can read OSHA’s proposal and learn how to submit comments electronically, or by fax or mail.
OSHA Docket Office Docket No. OSHA-2007-0032 U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625 200 Constitution Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20210

Re.: Docket No. OSHA-2007-0032 (Explosives—Proposed Rule)

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am writing in strong opposition to OSHA’s proposed rules on “explosives,” which go far beyond regulating true explosives. These proposed rules would impose severe restrictions on the transportation and storage of small arms ammunition—both complete cartridges and handloading components such as black and smokeless powder, primers, and percussion caps. These restrictions go far beyond existing transportation and fire protection regulations.

As a person who uses ammunition and components, I am very concerned that these regulations will have a serious effect on my ability to obtain these products. OSHA’s proposed rules would impose restrictions that very few gun stores, sporting goods stores, or ammunition dealers could comply with. (Prohibiting firearms in stores that sell ammunition, for example, is absurd—but would be required under the proposed rule.)

The proposed transportation regulations would also affect shooters’ ability to buy these components by mail or online, because shipping companies would also have great difficulty complying with the proposed rules.

There is absolutely no evidence of any new safety hazard from storage or transportation of small arms ammunition or components that would justify these new rules. I also understand that organizations with expertise in this field, such as the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Association, will be submitting detailed comments on this issue. I hope OSHA will listen to these organizations’ comments as the agency develops a final rule on this issue.

Sincerely,
this anti-gun shit is getting re-goddamn-diculous
 

d0uche_n0zzle

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The PC CUNTS in DC know they can't get "laws" passed regarding firearms, so they do an end run around check and balances by passing cuntish regulations. They should be drawn and quartered for such transgressions.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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osha can suck my cock
 
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Fuck OSHA. They can't regulate something that's inert. Ammunition is in a stable state that won't react to normal handling and one shell will not set off another shell if it happens to be disharged accidentally.

None of the components of ammunition will discharge in their stored state unless acted upon by an outside force such as fire. It's not like a can of black powder will explode if you knock it over.

OSHA can eat shit and die. This shit WON'T be passed. The lobbyists in Washington for ammunition companies, gun makers and advocacy groups (NRA) will storm government officials into action.
 

weakside

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* Require evacuation of all “facilities containing explosives”—even your local Wal-Mart—during any electrical storm.

For you gun owners this is the regulation that is going to screw you the most. If I have to evacuate my entire store every time a storm hits, its just not worth it to sell ammunition any longer.
 

bethm1b

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* Require evacuation of all “facilities containing explosives”—even your local Wal-Mart—during any electrical storm.

For you gun owners this is the regulation that is going to screw you the most. If I have to evacuate my entire store every time a storm hits, its just not worth it to sell ammunition any longer.

I think that's what they're really after.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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they tried to do it years ago buy taxing primers, not the powder, casings or the bullets them selves, but the primers one of the only things that are difficult to make at home. the do goody gun grabbers will eventually win just like the marijuana prohibitionists, they will sneek in the back door and take some part of your rights away
 
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the do goody gun grabbers will eventually win just like the marijuana prohibitionists, they will sneek in the back door and take some part of your rights away
Not if they start disappearing one by one.
 

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* Require evacuation of all “facilities containing explosives”—even your local Wal-Mart—during any electrical storm.

For you gun owners this is the regulation that is going to screw you the most. If I have to evacuate my entire store every time a storm hits, its just not worth it to sell ammunition any longer.
I doubt this will go through, but if it does, I also doubt it will stop ammo sales.
In fact, I think the small gun shops will prosper because of it.
I envision all the Wal-Marts and large sporting goods chains like Dicks giving up ammo sales, while the little guys build some enclosure that conforms to the new rules and get all the sales.
 

weakside

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I doubt this will go through, but if it does, I also doubt it will stop ammo sales.
In fact, I think the small gun shops will prosper because of it.
I envision all the Wal-Marts and large sporting goods chains like Dicks giving up ammo sales, while the little guys build some enclosure that conforms to the new rules and get all the sales.
I see where you are going with this but I think it will hurt the small shops as well. I’m not sure if there is any type of enclosure that would circumvent this law but if there is, it would probably cost a lot of money. That alone would hurt the small businesses.

But yeah, I agree with you that there is little to no chance that this will go through. This proposal is lunacy. Gun owners who obtain their firearms legally are for the most part very responsible. They are not the problem and making life hard for them is both unfair and a waste of time.
 

MAV

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Update:

Labor Department Announces It Will Revise
Overreaching OSHA Explosives Rule​

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.



Also, working with the NRA, Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) gathered signatures from 25 House colleagues for a letter, dated July 11, expressing concerns about this proposed OSHA rule. The letter calling the proposal “an undue burden on a single industry where facts do not support the need outlined by this proposed rule” and “not feasible, making it realistically impossible for companies to comply with its tenets.”



The OSHA proposal would have defined “explosives” to include “black powder, … small arms ammunition, small arms ammunition primers, [and] smokeless propellant,” and treated these items the same as the most volatile high explosives.



Under the proposed rule, a workplace that contained even a handful of small arms cartridges, for any reason, would have been considered a “facility containing explosives” and therefore subject to many impractical restrictions. For example, no one could carry “firearms, ammunition, or similar articles in facilities containing explosives … except as required for work duties.” Obviously, this rule would make it impossible to operate any kind of gun store, firing range, or gunsmith shop.



The public comment website for the proposed rule is no longer accessible. The Labor Department will publish a notice in the July 17 Federal Register announcing that a new rule proposal will soon be drafted for public comment. Needless to say, the NRA monitors proposed federal regulations to head off this kind of overreach, and will be alert for OSHA’s next draft.

We will post the letter to Congressman Rehberg shortly.