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October 31, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Loaded with lead: We don’t have a lead bullet problem, just a government problem

Patrons line up in the booths inside Champion Arms Shooting Range in Kent on Aug. 8. (MARCUS YAM / The Seattle Times)

I reviewed you article “Loaded with lead” [Times Investigation, Oct. 17] based on my background as a shooter and a person educated in chemistry, toxicology and engineering.

We don’t have a leaded-bullet problem but a government and range owner/manager problem.

The efforts of federal and state agencies involving lead ammunition in shooting range safety need to be coordinated. Their rules and procedures must be integrated at all levels and communicated to all agencies and range management. Government agencies should also enforce their rules and procedures with fines and jail time.

The major control of shooting ranges is the responsibility of the states because they are local businesses and shooting clubs. The inspection function is theirs. Range specifications should be the function of the NRA since they have the technical resources.

The Times’ editorial supports banning lead ammunition [“Ban lead in ammunition because of known hazard,” Opinion, Oct. 18]. If you ban lead you might as well ban all chemical products. I don’t know of any product or element that isn’t toxic at some level of use. A number of products can be manufactured and used safely with technology and good judgment.

Allan Schneider, Bellevue

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