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CALIFORNIA first to ban lead bullets for hunting

October 11th, 2013

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into legislation a bill that will make California the first condition to ban lead bullets for everyone types of hunting.

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

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

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

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

The Governor agreed upon the following firearms measures into legislation:

  • AB 711, banning the use of lead ammunition for hunting in the State of California by no afterwards than 2019.
  • AB 48, banning large-capacity magazine conversion kits.
  • AB 170, barring businesses from obtaining assault tool permits.
  • AB 500, allowing the Section 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 fees and penalties for firearm storage that endangers a child.
  • AB 1131, increasing the period of your time during which a person is prohibited from possessing a firearm after a credible risk of violence is made.
  • SB 683, extending the existing requirements for handgun security certificates to all firearms.

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