As an ardent supporter of our Second Amendment rights, I want to update you on some very important, pro-gun rights provisions included in the 2015 government funding bill, which the Congress recently passed. I am proud to see that this legislation prohibits funding for any implementation of the UN Arms Trade Treaty, which leaves the door open to international influences trampling on our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. The United States is a sovereign nation. I strongly believe we must always stand up for our U.S. Constitution--including our Second Amendment rights—and never allow them to be subjugated by a treaty. That's why we deny the Obama Administration any funds to move forward on the UN gun treaty. Additionally, it bans the use of funds for anti-gun studies and makes sure that tax dollars can't be used to lobby for increased gun control. Another provision in this bill rolls back the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to ban traditional ammunition. By preventing the EPA from banning ammunition made with lead components, which amounts to 95% of all ammunition made and sold, this bill takes an important step in protecting the rights of hunters and sportsmen to choose the ammunition they want for hunting and target shooting. Also, the legislation gives the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) resources to speed up burdensome paperwork delays and make the process for matters pertaining to licensing less of a hassle. This increased efficiency allows law abiding Americans to exercise their Second amendment right without further regulatory burdens. The National Rifle Association (NRA) and National Shooting Sports Foundation both strongly supported these initiatives, as did I. Whether one uses a firearm for hunting, sport shooting, personal protection, or any other lawful reason, the Second Amendment clearly protects the individual right to keep and bear arms. I take my oath of office to defend the Constitution seriously, and will continue to fight any treaties or legislation that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms. It's an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress. Best regards, Greg Walden Member of Congress Will the federal prohibition on the EPA from banning lead ammo have any effect in Oregon?