Shotgun ammunition:

  • Ban on the sale and use of lead shotgun ammunition.
    • 18-month transition period.
    • Optional derogation (exemption), allowing sale and use for clay pigeon shooting by licensed athletes at licensed shooting grounds. A shooting ground licence would require annual recovery of 90%+ of spent lead shot, containment and treatment of run-off, and a ban on agricultural activity within the site boundary.
    • Note: If the optional derogation is taken forward, the transition period for all uses of lead shot would be extended to five years.

Lead bullets (including centrefire, rimfire, airgun and any other projectiles containing lead):

  • Ban on use of all lead bullets (centrefire, rimfire, airgun pellets and other projectiles containing lead)
    • An 18-month transition period for large calibre (5.6mm or larger) or 5 years for small calibre (smaller than 5.6mm) including rimfires and airguns and any lead projectiles not defined as gunshot
    • Optional derogation allowing continued use of lead bullets at licensed ranges with appropriate environmental protection measures. A licence would require regular recovery of >90% of lead from bullet traps, and a ban on agricultural activity within  the site boundary.

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