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Shooting Ranges Pose Lead Exposure Risks

A forty year study published in the Journal of Environmental Health found that gun range clients and staff personnel are at a high risk of exposure to dangerous lead levels from the smoke and tiny bullet fragments that drift into the air after striking targets.

The study found that the lead blood levels of those who patronize or work at gun ranges were between two and eight times the level considered serious by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The authors then concluded that firing ranges created a substantial and unsupervised public health problem.

Elevated blood lead levels were found after just a day or two of shooting and could linger for months.

Lead exposure at the shooting ranges can occur in the following ways:

o When a round discharges, the metal burned and released a small amount. If the smoke were to be inhaled, it could introduce lead into the bloodstream.

o Some ammunition uses lead projectiles or bullets. When the bullet breaks up on impact, the metal is aerosolized. Even if lead particles aren’t inhaled, they can settle on skin or clothing or in soil, which people can then ingest.

Adults suffering from lead exposure can suffer tremors, high blood pressure, heart disease, and decreased kidney function. The fetus of a pregnant woman can suffer reduced growth. And, children can suffer lower IQs, cognitive dysfunction, and delayed puberty.

Despite such risks, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not regulate shooting ranges.

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