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Default NRA Presents Evidence On The Blood Lead Levels Of California Condors

National Rifle Association Presents Evidence To California Fish And Game Commission On The Blood Lead Levels Of California Condors In 2009

Since at least 2003, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) have raised legitimate and serious questions about the purported relationship between traditional ammunition and lead poisoning in California condors.

In light of recent claims by environmentalist groups that lead ammunition is poisoning condors and to ban the use of lead ammunition, the NRA has engaged the expertise of the environmental experts and scientists, as well as civil rights and environmental law firm of Michel & Associates, along with reputable scientists, experts, and a group of volunteers. NRA’s team has been engaged in the long and arduous process of obtaining and analyzing tens of thousands of pages of public records concerning the condor, including raw data and internal documents not previously obtained or reviewed by independent analysts or the public at large.

An important milestone in this effort was the presentation of evidence and testimony to the California Fish & Game Commission in the Summer of 2010. Among other things, the presenters used the raw data obtained through public records requests to show that the report presented by the Department of Fish and Game TO SEE REPORT CLICK HERE, as required by Fish and Game Code section 3004.5, lacked the raw data to provide a fully responsive report.

Additionally, NRA team's presentation showed, among other things, the true 2008 and 2009 blood lead levels of condors and what they should look like if AB 821 was working. Furthermore, they presented the Commission with an Executive Summary TO SEE SUMMARY CLICK HERE and a binder containing information that was neither considered nor presented within the Department of Fish and Game staff's presentation to the commission.

The NRA, CRPA, and like-minded wildlife and natural resource conservation groups continue to review various regulatory threats to the hunting and shooting traditions. Where the science leads to a wise management conclusion, NRA supports wildlife managers in their efforts to conserve our natural and wildlife resources. But where the science is faulty, politically biased, distorted or unsupportable, the NRA continues to work tirelessly to expose the truth.

The ban is being opposed by the NRA / CRPA Foundation Legal Action Project (LAP). LAP is a joint venture between the Nation Rifle Association (NRA) and the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) to advance the rights of firearms owners in California. Through LAP, NRA/CRPA attorneys fight against ill-conceived gun control laws and ordinances, and educate state and local officials about available programs that are effective in reducing accidents and violence without infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
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