Study: Even lead-free ammo may harm lung function

From health writer Patricia Kime:

A new study suggests that firing small arms causes a decline in lung function that lasts at least 24 hours after shooting and possibly has long-term respiratory effects.

Alarmed by reports that Norwegian troops were getting sick after firing lead-free “green” ammunition, scientists with the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment, Oslo University Hospital and the Norwegian military decided to test lung capacity in troops before and after they hit the firing range using both lead and lead-free ammo.

They found that all 55 subjects had trouble breathing immediately after shooting and diminished capacity 24 hours later regardless of the type of ammunition used.

Read the rest of Patricia’s story over on Military Times.