KeepAmericaFishing supports bill to prevent ban on lead fishing tackle

WASHINGTON — KeepAmericaFishing says it supports a bill in Congress that would prevent a federal ban on lead in recreational fishing tackle.

The bill in question is the "Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act," introduced by the chairs of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus - Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and John Thune (R-SD) and Representatives Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Mike Ross (D-AR).

The group sent out an action alert asking anglers to rally behind the legislation.

"Over the past decade, efforts have increased to eliminate the sale and use of lead fishing tackle, including sinkers, jigs and other widely used tackle," the group said. "Last November anglers like you helped to defeat the most recent attempt to ban lead tackle nationwide when the Environmental Protection Agency denied a petition to ban lead fishing tackle under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Despite the EPA's ruling, this issue is not yet fully resolved."

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