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Are you concerned about Lead exposure

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Post by CHLLady » Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:42 pm

after shooting and your children?

I've read a few articles and honestly it's something I never thought of being a newbie to guns and gun ranges.

I have now started making hubby and I was our hands before we leave the range. And when we go as a family, the kids wash up as well. I've also packed wipes in our range bag in case of an outdoor range.


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With all of the new precious babies being born here and California talking about banning lead, it got me thinking about this issue.
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Re: Are you concerned about Lead exposure

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Post by JSThane » Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:57 pm

No, I never worry about lead exposure. I simply wash my hands before eating.

And California is about to run into a big ol' brick wall of not just constitutionality, but reality. End game here isn't a lead ban, but an ammo ban - classify all lead and lead-cored ammo as toxic and harmful, and classify all lead-free ammo as "armor piercing," and hey presto! you made all guns useless!

Except for that pesky little thing called the constitution, and the fact their cops would be unable to get ammunition, etc., etc.

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Post by jmra » Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:29 pm

Concern about "lead exposure" is one of the reasons I carry a gun. :mrgreen:
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Post by JALLEN » Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:30 pm

I'd be more worried about my children's exposure to California.

(both my sons are native San Diegans!)
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Post by tbrown » Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:46 pm

I'm concerned but I'm not paranoid. I wash my hands. I don't collect spent brass in my hat, like I see some do. I also usually shoot outdoors. My heath risk from lead is probably much lower than my risk of being struck by lightning or a drunk bicyclist.
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Post by MotherBear » Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:58 pm

I wash my hands well when I come off the range, and I make sure my clothes go in the laundry (as opposed to "eh, my jeans aren't really dirty, I can wear them again tomorrow"). When we clean guns we do it over packing paper and throw it away outside when we're done.

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Post by Divided Attention » Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:42 pm

I agree with the above about washing hands well, changing clothes etc.. If you are concerned, you can always have lead levels drawn occasionally. If you shoot indoors a lot, make sure the range is well ventilated.

With our 4-H group we have wipes we use until they can use soap and water, lead exposure is one of the things we teach them about in safety training.
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Post by philip964 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:54 pm

jmra wrote:Concern about "lead exposure" is one of the reasons I carry a gun. :mrgreen:
Way to funny.


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Post by philip964 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:54 pm

JALLEN wrote:I'd be more worried about my children's exposure to California.

(both my sons are native San Diegans!)
Even way to more funnier.


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Post by philip964 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:02 pm

Children need to be shielded from lead exposure. It can cause lower IQ's in developing brains. Pregnant women need to be shielded from lead exposure, probably for the same reason. Lead based paint and consuming fish are the big items to watch out for. Don't use pewter cups, plates or tableware for eating.

Washing hands is always a good idea.

Not sure what problem adults have with lead exposure, if any.

Considering the amount of time I spent as a child melting lead, getting lead fillings and playing with mercury, it is a wonder I can even functio.

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Post by WildBill » Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:19 pm

philip964 wrote:Children need to be shielded from lead exposure. It can cause lower IQ's in developing brains. Pregnant women need to be shielded from lead exposure, probably for the same reason. Lead based paint and consuming fish are the big items to watch out for. Don't use pewter cups, plates or tableware for eating.

Washing hands is always a good idea.

Not sure what problem adults have with lead exposure, if any.

Considering the amount of time I spent as a child melting lead, getting lead fillings and playing with mercury, it is a wonder I can even function.
IMO lead is similar to asbestos, in that it is relatively harmless when it is encased in a solid matrix, such as cured paint - Children eating lead contained in paint from toys, furniture and house trim is probably the biggest hazard.

P.S. I think that you meant mercury fillings [in your teeth].
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Post by K.Mooneyham » Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:29 pm

I pretty much agree with WildBill. Its the form the lead is in that makes the difference. I read about this particular issue in a book by Patrick Sweeney, a noted gun writer and life-long competition shooter. Solid metal lead is nowhere near the hazard that certain lead oxides (one of those was in the paint that caused problems years ago) and other industrial lead compounds can be. IIRC, the only people Patrick Sweeney knew of that were around firearms a lot that had high lead levels were LEOs that worked indoor ranges with poor ventilation, and inhaled a LOT of particulate lead on a daily basis over many years of exposure. The California thing is more about antis trying to shut down hunting and shooting there than any actual safety hazard. Wash your hands when you get back from the range or before eating or drinking.
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Re: Are you concerned about Lead exposure

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Post by WildBill » Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:31 pm

K.Mooneyham wrote:Wash your hands when you get back from the range or before eating or drinking.
Or, heaven forbid, if you smoke. ;-)
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Post by FL450 » Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:52 pm

I still have mercury fillings and lead bird shot in my cheek, lip and chest where I was shot as a child. At least I have an excuse to blame my poor memory on but didnt let that stop me in life.
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Post by AEA » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:47 pm

JALLEN wrote:I'd be more worried about my children's exposure to California.

(both my sons are native San Diegans!)
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