The UK?s shooting organisations have united to respond to a threat to the continued use of lead shot in the European Union.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the EU?s regulatory authority on chemicals, has commissioned a study on the use of lead shot which it says could be used to evaluate the costs and benefits of restrictions on the use of lead shot for shooting. The ECHA has called for data on the manufacture, cost and use of lead shot and its alternatives.

Europe-wide responses will be collated by the European umbrella organisation FACE, the Federation of European Hunting Associations, which represents some seven million shooters, in conjunction with international representative bodies for the gun trade and target shooting. The UK?s shooting, gun trade and countryside management organisations are working together via FACE UK to collect and submit information to the ECHA investigation.

The ECHA study was commissioned after the European Commission and member states asked Sweden to include lead shot in proposals to restrict the use of lead and lead compounds.

The rest of this article appears in the 25th April issue of Shooting Times.

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