I was born and raised in IL.....so glad I moved away over 30 years ago!
This is a discussion on 2 'Fer - Attacks on Gun Ranges/Businesses from EPA, OSHA & 'Nanny' Local Supervisors within the The Second Amendment & Gun Legislation Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Two Different Attacks - but going after the same thing, stepping on law abiding businesses and Firearms owners to exercise the 2A. The more severe ...
Two Different Attacks - but going after the same thing, stepping on law abiding businesses and Firearms owners to exercise the 2A.
The more severe is the EPA's relentless use of Lead as an excuse to attack the entire Domestic Firearms industry, hunting and shooting ranges, to mention just a few. Now since the bad press and legal beat downs the EPA has experienced, is EPA now using OSHA as its Anti-2A Storm Troopers?
The second article will burn your britches in that this is just nanny locals exercising 'views' over 2A 'rights' becase they won some local election or were appointed to a petty position of power.
1) OSHA shooting range ruling points to agenda besides worker safety(IL)
16 June, 2012 | David Codrea
An Illinois gun range has been cited for “27 serious violations includ[ing] 13 for violating the lead standard” resulting in proposed fines of $111,000, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in a news release earlier this week. Illinois Gun Works Ltd. was cited for “failing to implement engineering and work practice controls” following “a Jan. 21 inspection referred by the Illinois Department of Public Health.”
The citation, issued on June 6, also included what OSHA defines as “serious violations” that “include failing to implement a hazard communication program, train workers on hazardous …label chemical bottles…administer an effective hearing conservation program, train in the use of personal protective equipment and implement a respirator protection program...”
Link to Article (1) above: OSHA shooting range ruling points to agenda besides worker safety - National gun rights | Examiner.com
2) Marchers make their way through Pittsgrove Township (NJ) to show support for USANA Gun Club
Published: Saturday, June 16, 2012, 4:31 PM
...snip.. “They’re saying we can’t do the things we’ve been doing here for 45 years,” Myers said. “That’s what this march is about, waking somebody up at a higher level to say it’s enough.”
Earlier in May, USANA sought to appeal a decision made by township Zoning Officer Thomas Mahoney in April 2011 which determined certain activities taking place at the club to be non-compliant with township approvals for the site.
The shooting ranges at USANA are currently used for law enforcement training, as well as for practice for Boy Scouts, hunters and sportsmen. There is also a separate section at the club for training police canines.
Township officials said the club does not have approval for law enforcement training, or for firing certain weapons at the club.
Link to Article (2), above: Marchers make their way through Pittsgrove Township to show support for USANA Gun Club | NJ.com
Last edited by ANGLICO; June 17th, 2012 at 02:07 PM. Reason: Spelling Clean Up on Isle 7
I was born and raised in IL.....so glad I moved away over 30 years ago!
ATF, OSHA, EPA, IRS just a few alphabets that have outlived any usefulness and deserve to be abolished.
When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."
I don't count illonisizekastan as part of the United States.
Please do note the problem above caused by local government. We all routinely hear complaints about
the Federal Agencies, but in my opinion Uncle is a softy compared to the incomprehensible webs of
local ordinances and regulations.
I can't entirely fault EPA or OSHA on the lead issue. Our materials scientists are sooner or later going to
need to "invent" a functional lead free or lead-reduced bullet. I've seen lead poisoned horses and it
wasn't nice. Just because most of us willingly accept low levels of intermittent exposure to pursue our
hobby, doesn't mean the toxicity issue should be ignored; especially for the employees at indoor ranges receiving
persistent daily exposures. They deserve the best protection technically possible and economically feasible.
If the Union is once severed, the line of separation will grow wider and wider, and the controversies which are now debated and settled in the halls of legislation will then be tried in fields of battle and determined by the sword.
Agree. Industrial Hygene is important.
I have to agree with lead levels in indoor ranges,in manufacturing plants that use lead Battery plants for one,they make workers change into uniforms,shower after work,and wear respirators to reduce risk of lead poisoning,They also use particle collectors to check airborne lead levels.Before quitting my job my lead levels increased,after about a year they discovered one of my respirators was defective.My doctor checked my lead level 2 years ago and the results were "too high to count "IOW off the chart" I've been doing IV Kelation to reduce the levels
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .
Bingo, Hopyard.Please do note the problem above caused by local government.
Codrea wrote an inflammatory hit piece short on facts. Owners of that indoor firing range did not comply with OSHA rules to mitigate lead contamination and reduce lead exposure of its workers. Indoor firing ranges are dangerous places because of lead dust from bullets and lead contamination from some primers. At some of those ranges everything is covered with lead dust. Some indoor ranges have banned ammo that contains lead.
The owners of that range should have seen this one coming.
Citation available here:
2012 - 06/11/2012 - US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Illinois Gun Works for exposing workers to lead, other hazards at Elmwood Park, Ill., plant
CDC - Indoor Firing Ranges - NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic
Twice in my long EOD/UXO career i've had very high lead levels: My high lead levels resulted from burning small arms ammunition and cleaning burn pits without protection. Both times i used a 1930s technique for reducing my lead levels: Vitamin C in rather large doses; it worked like a charm.
can't comment on the second thing
But to the first... Seems kinda valid to me. All businesses have to comply with OSHA standards for labeling and handling materials, procedures for storing,etc. I worked at a computer manufacturing plant that had to abide by the same sort of standards, in fact, I was on the engineering team which had to devise the systems to deal with hazardous material. If we didn't do our jobs properly, we got fined, or shutdown. It was an important job, and they paid us a lot and invested a lot to ensure we were in compliance with those regulations. Same for standards concerning machinery (in our case forklifts). I also worked for a fishing tackle company that was shutdown for a period of time because they violated regulations concerning lead storage and handling. They weren't out to get even with HP, or the tackle manufacturer, or put them out of business because they were evil computer haters, or had a personal vendetta against fishermen, they were just enforcing rules put forth to protect employees who worked there. You might disagree with regulation and all that, but I see nothing in what you posted that indicates there was any sort of persecution going on...