Calif. is first state to ban lead ammo for hunting

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will make California the first state to ban lead bullets for all types of hunting.

The Democratic governor says in a signing message Friday that lead ammunition poses a threat to wildlife. He says the bill protects hunters by allowing the ban to be lifted if the federal government ever prohibits non-lead ammo.

Opponents of AB711 argued that non-lead ammunition is more expensive and could be banned federally because it is technically considered to be armor-piercing.

Supporters of the new law say the use of lead bullets also endangers humans who eat game killed with the ammunition.

Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood says the ban makes sense because lead has already been prohibited in paint, gasoline and toys.

The Governor signed the following firearms measures into law:

  • AB 711, banning the use of lead ammunition for hunting in the State of California by no later than 2019.  
  •  AB 48, banning large-capacity magazine conversion kits.
  • AB 170, prohibiting businesses from obtaining assault weapon permits.
  • AB 500, allowing the Department of Justice to extend the current 10-day waiting period for gun purchase background checks to up to 30 days.
  •  AB 231, subjecting parents to criminal penalties for firearm storage that endangers a child.
  • AB 1131, increasing the period of time during which a person is prohibited from possessing a firearm after a credible threat of violence is made.
  • SB 683, extending the existing requirements for handgun safety certificates to all firearms. 


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