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The backdoor to gun control

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by recurvyarcher, Jul 9, 2007.

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  1. recurvyarcher

    recurvyarcher Well-Known Member

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    "noting that Sens. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Minn., all are on the OSHA oversight committee. "

    Please plan on getting involved and making your opinion known to the appropriate people. You cannot sit back and depend on others to do it. We need every shooter to weigh in on this issue.
     
  2. Tailbuster

    Tailbuster TS Member

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    I decided to add this in again to make it easier. Follow the directions and use copy and paste to put the information in the comments area at the site.

    OSHA is proposing new rules that will dramatically increase the cost of ammunition. Take a few minutes and post to OSHA for an extension. I copied this from a post from Case at Shotgunworld. It's an easy way to post your submission. Just follow the steps. Copy and paste the contents to the submission page. PLEASE DO IT NOW.
    From Case Here's an easier, more direct method for sending your support request for the 60-day extension for public comments:

    Couch it in your own words if you like, but it won't be any weaker if you just use the NSSF form letter below. Bureaucrats are used to this by now. Besides, the Submitter Information you fill in will tell OSHA who you're a specific idividual.

    DIRECTIONS:

    Go here:

    http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main

    Ignore the first three steps and use Step 4.

    Select Document ID as the category.

    Enter OSHA-2007-0032 in the search field. Click Submit.

    When the search results come up, go to the far right and click on the Comments icon:

    Fill out the required fields (red asterisks) in the Submitter Information. In the required Company/Organization Name field, just put "Individual" or "Concerned citizen."

    Copy and paste the bold text below in the comment area, optionally replacing those two inserts with the date and your name. If you don't want to include that information, just delete those entries. The system will record the message date.

    Click Next step, which will send you to an Edit/Review of your submission.

    Just click Submit on that page.

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    [REPLACE WITH THE DATE OF SUBMISSION]

    OSHA Docket Office Docket No. OSHA–2007–0032 U.S. Department of Labor Room N–2625 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20210

    RE: Docket No. OSHA–2007–0032 Request to Extend Public Comment Period and Request for Hearing on “Significant Regulatory Action” as Defined in Executive Order 12866

    Dear Secretary Chao:

    I am writing to request an extension for public comment set to expire on July 12, 2007 for Preliminary & Initial General Observations on OSHA Explosives Proposed Rule (29 CFR Part 1910) - Published at Federal Register Vo. 72, No. 71, at P. 18792 (April 13, 2007).

    After reviewing the proposed regulations it is my belief that the proposed rule is a "significant regulatory action" as defined in Executive Order 12866 (1993) Sec. 1(f)(1) in that it will clearly "adversely affect in a material way" the retail sector of the firearms and ammunition industry, productivity, competition and jobs and that the annual compliance cost for all retailers of ammunition will far exceed $100 million dollars.

    Below is a bulleted list of what I am most concerned about:

    * Massive Costs: The cost to comply with the proposed rule for the ammunition industry, including manufacturer, wholesale distributors and retailers, will be massive and easily exceed $100 million. For example, ammunition and smokeless propellant manufacturers would have to shut down and evacuate a factory when a thunderstorm approached. The proposal mistakenly states that this is an industry standard practice. A retailer would have to do likewise. Thus retailers, such as Wal-Mart, selling ammunition would have to close down and evacuate customers. This is simply not realistic.

    * Exacerbate Ammunition Shortage to DoD and Law Enforcement: The proposed rule has major National security and homeland defense implications. There is already a shortage of ammunition for our troops and law enforcement. The Department of Defense has contracted to purchase ammunition from the commercial market because the Department's arsenal cannot meet demand. The rule will delay production and massively increase prices, making the ammunition shortage even more severe. In addition, the rule applies to the DoD arsenal, which is run by a commercial manufacturer under DoD contract.

    * Unrealistic Assumptions: Portions of the proposed rule are not feasible and cannot realistically be complied with. The concept of evacuation to "a safe remote location" in case of thunderstorms or accident is untenable to manufacturers and retailers and is in disagreement with the DoD Safety Manual for Ammunition and Explosives.

    * One Size Fits All Approach: The provisions in this proposal treat all explosives as if they have the same degree of hazard to employees. Retail outlets for small arms ammunition, primers and smokeless propellants, including massive facilities such as Wal-Mart, must maintain a fifty-foot barrier and specifically authorize all customers to enter only after searching them for matches or lighters (c.3.iii.A) and determining that they are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol (c.1.vii). This is despite the fact that small arms ammunition is extremely safe even when subjected to open flame, heat and shock. A customer still wouldn’t be able to purchase the ammunition because under this rule they are not allowed to carry it from the counter to the exit (c.3.iii.C). Even more damaging, the many “mom and pop” firearm outlets located in strip malls would be forced to shutdown as they have neighbor stores fewer than 50-feet away.

    * Shipping is Halted: Proposed restrictions on transportation exceed current DOT Regulations. Mandating wood-covered, non-spark-producing material in trailers for small arms ammunition shipments would bring the transportation of ammunition to a near halt. There are simply not enough trailers in existence today that would be able to substitute for traditional, metal covered surfaces. Small package carriers such as UPS and Fed-Ex would be prohibited from carrying ammunition and components which would shut down mail order houses such as Cabalas and Bass pro shops and many business to business transactions. This section alone, with all it would entail (such as two drivers at all times), is capable of paralyzing our industry.

    * National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) Rules Exceeded: Proposed restrictions exceed NFPA regulations and would, for example, reduce commercial establishment displays of smokeless propellant from 50 to 20 lbs with no commensurate increase in safety. This will only add to dramatically increasing the cost to manufacturers and consumers.

    It bears noting that scientific testing and safety records clearly illustrate that small arms ammunition is inherently an extremely safe product. I cannot recall a single instance where fire, shock, heat or lightening has resulted in injury from the accidental detonation of small-caliber ammunition. Billions of rounds of ammunition are sold each year in the U.S. and records demonstrate that current production and safety requirements are working.

    I urge OSHA to grant an extension to this critical regulatory process. Sincerely,

    [REPLACE WITH YOUR NAME]
     
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