Chicago Sun-Times reports that the federal government fined a Chicago gun range a whopping $111,000 for health violations due to very high lead levels. The gun range, Illinois Gun Works, sells guns, offers gun safety training courses, and operates a shooting range.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration performed an inspection on January and found 27 serious violations, which includes 13 lead standard violations. This might sound like it’s a bit harsh, but the gun range had extremely high lead levels. Airborne lead traces were up to 12 times higher than the legally permitted level.
Illinois Gun Works has a short 15 working days to come up with the money, contest it, or request more information in a conference. It’s unfortunate that the federal government is hitting a small business with such a heavy fine, but at the same time lead is a poisonous substance that needs to be monitored for public safety.