The Seattle Times has been taking a hard look at dirty gun ranges across the U.S. and found that a startling number of people shooting at these facilities have been sickened with lead poisoning.
How? Through poor ventilation and exposure to the villain itself: lead. When shooters fire guns with lead-based ammunition, they spread lead vapor and dust – deadly toxins that can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shooting firearms is the most common way to get lead poisoning outside of work. But what if shooting is a vital part of a person’s work?
On our Law and Disorder Part 1 episode, we hear stories from police who got sick on the job.