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17 Jul 2007 07:19 PM  

The following was taken from the NRA-ILA website and I felt that it is important to all of us to keep a watch on things like this.  This was the back door way into banning our firearms.

This was taken from the NRA-ILA website at :

http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/F...px?id=3145


Proposed “Safety” Regulations Would Dry Up Ammunition Sales
 
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
 
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed new rules that would have a dramatic effect on the storage and transportation of ammunition and handloading components such as primers or black and smokeless powder. The proposed rule indiscriminately treats ammunition, powder and primers as “explosives.” Among many other provisions, the proposed rule would:
  • Prohibit possession of firearms in commercial “facilities containing explosives”—an  obvious problem for your local gun store.
  • Require evacuation of all “facilities containing explosives”—even your local Wal-Mart—during any electrical storm.
  • Prohibit smoking within 50 feet of “facilities containing explosives.”

It’s important to remember this is only a proposed rule right now, so there’s still time for concerned citizens to speak out before OSHA issues its final rule. The National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute will all be commenting on these proposed regulations, based on the severe effect these regulations (if finalized) would have on the availability of ammunition and reloading supplies to safe and responsible shooters.

The public comment period was originally scheduled to end July 12 but has been http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/...-13198.htm" target="_blank" TRACK="true">extended sixty (60) days until September 10, 2007. To read the OSHA proposal click here (PDF file). 

According to OSHA, you may submit comments, identified by Docket No. OSHA-2007- 0032, by any of the following methods:

  • Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions on-line for making electronic submissions.
  • Fax: If your comments, including attachments, do not exceed 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648.
  • Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger or courier service: You must submit three copies of your comments and attachments to:
    OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2007-0032
    U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625
    200 Constitution Avenue, NW.
    Washington, DC 20210
    telephone (202) 693-2350 (OSHA"s TTY number is (877) 889-5627). 

Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the docket number for this rulemaking (Docket No. OSHA-2007-0032). All comments, including any personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions you about submitting personal information such as social security numbers and birthdates.

For further information on submitting comments, plus additional information on the rulemaking process, see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=3162



Labor Department Announces It Will Revise Overreaching OSHA Explosives Rule
 
Monday, July 16, 2007
 

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 board.

 

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 regulation.

 

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 called 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 tenets.”

 

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 shop.

 

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.

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21 Jul 2007 01:07 PM  
Just annother avenue ,to disarm the law abiding American!
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22 Jul 2007 07:05 PM  
 
Labor Department Announces It Will Revise Overreaching Osha Explosives Rule
 
Friday, July 20, 2007
 

Earlier this week, 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 with which very few gun shops, sporting goods stores, shippers, or ammunition dealers could comply.  

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 shop. 

Urged by NRA, gun owners had filed a blizzard of negative comments, 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 board. 

Working with NRA, U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg (R-MT) planned to offer a floor amendment to the Labor-HHS appropriations bill when the House considered this legislation.  His amendment would have prohibited federal funds from being used to enforce this misguided OSHA regulation. 

Also, working with 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 called 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 tenets.” 

On July 16, Kristine A. Iverson, the Labor Department’s Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, sent Rep. Rehberg a letter 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. 

The public comment website for the proposed rule is now no longer accessible.  The Labor Department published a notice in the July 17 Federal Register announcing that a new rule proposal will soon be drafted for public comment.  Needless to say, NRA monitors proposed federal regulations to head off this kind of overreach, and will be vigilant in monitoring for OSHA’s next draft.
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24 Jul 2007 02:18 PM  
Glad to see others are keeping an eye on this.
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29 Jul 2007 06:13 PM  
learn to reload,I am,between this(osha)the war,and depending on who gets elected next will drive ammo prices even higher
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30 Jul 2007 03:08 PM  
I also reload, but if OSHA would of gotten their way it would of been harder for us to get the components we need to reload. That is why everyone should watch this sort of stuff.
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