Pregnancy and Firearms
We have been asked in the past to create policies on pregnant women and firearms. What our research has determined is that there is considerable data to show that loud noises have negative effects on developing fetuses. Hearing impairment, stress and low birthweight are just some factors associated with exposure to noise above 85 decibels. Additionally, the exposure to harmful chemicals and elements associated with firearms and shooting can have a detrimental effect on a developing fetus. Lead, antimony, and arsenic in ammunition, and around shooting venues as well as volatile organic compoundsnpresent in cleaning solutions can all be absorbed in the skin and can be detrimental to a developing fetus. Pregnant women should be made aware of these risks and should completley avoid shooting or cleaning weapons and should avoid shooting ranges.