EU’s proposed move to ban lead in ammunition raises ISSF’s hackles; Indians could feel heat

New Delhi, Aug 9 (PTI) Indian shotgun shooters could be impacted in a big way financially if the proposed European Union (EU) norms, curtailing the use of lead pellets in ammunition, are implemented in the foreseeable future.

One of the major ramifications of banning lead in ammunition is that marksmen will either have to change the barrels of their shotguns or purchase new guns altogether, both of which are extremely expensive propositions.

A trap or skeet gun from a reputed European brand can cost in excess of Rs nine lakh and top international shooters require at least two in the event of one malfunctioning during a competition.

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), the global governing body for the sport, has conceded that the movement to ban lead shots by the EU because of the metal’s harmful effects on the environment is at a “critical state”.

Reports suggest that the new rule change could come as early as after the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist trap shooter Mansher Singh and Asian Games double-trap champion Ronjan Sodhi conceded that the latest developments in the EU with regard to the use of lead shots should be taken seriously by Indian shooters and they foresee a shift to the use of steel pellets, which are environmentally friendly.

An ISSF statement on July 28 stated that the EU will soon vote on the controversial issue and it has requested its European members to ensure the new norms do not get implemented.

“The movement to ban lead shot or severely restrict the use of lead ammunition at shotgun ranges and outdoor rifle/pistol ranges in Europe is at a critical state. ISSF has met with EU Commission officials and tried to offer better solutions.

“Soon the European countries will vote on this controversial issue. Now we need our European members to contact their political leaders and European Commission members to further ensure that this European Chemical Agency (ECHA) proposal, in its current state, does not get approved,” said the ISSF statement.

“The ISSF is in support of managing lead in a responsible way, and we will continue to research best practices and feasible alternatives, we feel that the ECHA proposal will create great economic hardship to many local ranges and irreversibly damage our sport at local and regional levels.” But the two leading former Indian shooters told

Source: PTI News


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