Combining the two waste products creates a concoction rich in minerals that shackle metal ions within tight molecular bonds.
For a greener firing range, try oyster shells and ash
— By Janet Fang on February 5, 2014, 2:38 AM PST
Hmmm, Is this another new problem we are just learning about, or is this just another red herring for liberals to get all excited about so they can ban guns. I agree with ATTOMAN that in the future it will be very profitable to get in and sift through the range to get the lead and copper; the price of these materials on the open market is pretty high. Same goes for landfills where one day we will dig down 50 feet to extract all the treasure there. Make one wonder if anyone noticed the vote in the non-election in Connecticut where something like 6 out of 7 gun owners did not register their guns as required by the new law. To me that is an interesting message, where maybe instead of worrying about non-issues like firing range cleanup we should be figuring out why so many law abiding gun owners have been attempted to be made criminals and how they basically told the government to go away and mind their own business.
Copper is not a heavy metal contaminant. Trace amounts are required for good health. Copper has and continues to be used for water piping, alcohol making and cooking. No known problem exists.
The most common bullet is a Full Metal Jacket or FMJ which fully encapsulates any lead in a thick sheaf of copper. Generations would be required to for there to be any problem.
The increasing value of copper and lead mean that in the near future mining such shooting ranges will be profitable to the extent of paying the range for the privilege of cleaning out old bullets.
This article doesn't pass my sniff test. First of all, bullets would pile up on indoor and even outdoor ranges - obviously though that depends on the type of shooting. In addition, that's a lot of recyclable material (ie, money) that would be lost.
This 'issue' sounds more like hype to me than reality.