UPDATE on OSHAS proposed regulations

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  1. Lobo

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    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.