Dear Mr. and Mrs. Bryan:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposal for new regulations for workplace handling and storage of explosives. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this matter.
As you may know, OSHA’s mission is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths by issuing and enforcing standards for workplace safety and health. In accordance with federal regulatory procedure, OSHA posted its proposed explosives regulation (Docket # OSHA-2007-0032) in the Federal Register and will accept public comments until September 10, 2007. Before moving forward OSHA will review all comments and decide whether changes are necessary based on the feedback received.
As vice-chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and an avid hunter, I am always concerned by federal attempts to further regulate hunters, firearms, and related businesses. Many hunters, hand loaders, and small business owners are rightly concerned how new regulations may affect them and, in this case, precisely how OSHA plans to define explosives. The federal government heavily regulates the explosives industry, but in many cases provides explicit exemptions for small arms ammunition, powder, primers, and percussion caps. It is worth noting that OSHA specifically requested public comments regarding inclusion of similar exemptions, and I will continue monitoring the development of OSHA regulations to ensure that the government recognizes our right to keep and bear arms, both in policy and in practice.
I invite you to monitor and comment on this and other regulatory proposals by visiting http://www.regulations.gov. You can be certain I will continue upholding the Second Amendment rights of hunters and other sportsmen in Texas. I appreciate having the opportunity to represent you in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
United States Senator
I hope that this response of a Senator will encourage everyone of you to keep writing to your political representatives, and while you’re at it please drop Senator Cornyn a message to tell him that you’re 100% behind him on this and thank him for standing up for the legal firearm owners and hunters of America.
OSHA, Gun Control, Legislation, Senator John Cornyn