Lead Bullets' Health Risks Threaten Range Patrons, Neighbors: Experts

"In late November, the city council of South Jordan, Utah, approved construction of a large indoor shooting range despite appeals from local residents and physicians worried about increases in lead exposures and gun violence."

"The latter concern, some speculate, could manifest both from the promotion of firing guns as entertainment and from the exposure to toxic lead released by firing leaded ammunition. The heavy metal is known to damage the brain and to cause behavioral problems.

'Last Friday's horror puts an exclamation point and sad face on the whole equation,' said Bill Snape of the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity, referring to the murderous rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

"There's a reason we took lead out of gasoline," added Snape. "There's a reason we took it out of our house paints.""

Lynne Peeples reports for the Huffington Post December 19, 2012.

Source: Huffington Post, 12/20/2012