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07-16-2007, 15:38
I received this today in an email from the NRA-ILA:

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

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

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

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

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.

I also received this email today from the National Wild Turkey Federation:

UPDATE: OSHA Ammunition Rule Comments

The period to submit public comments on OSHA Docket Number
OSHA-2007-0032 electronically at regulations.gov has ended.
However, public comments can still be submitted by mail or fax
until September 10, 2007.

Please submit your comments regarding this proposed rule change
that would classify ammunition, powder and primers as explosives
by fax at (202) 693-1648, or by mail:
OSHA Docket Office
Docket No. OSHA-2007-0032
U.S. Department of Labor
Room N-2625
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210

With your help, the NWTF and the hunting/shooting community will
defeat this attack on America's hunting tradition.