California bans hunting with lead bullets
October 14, 2013
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Friday that will ban the use of lead bullets by hunters. [LA Times]
The lead bullet ban, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, will take effect in July 2019.
“There is simply no reason to continue using lead ammunition in hunting when it poses a significant risk to human health and the environment,” Rendon said.
Brown approved Rendon’s AB 711 on the same day that he signed a total of 11 gun control bills and vetoed seven others.
The bills Brown signed include AB 48, which bans purchases of parts used to convert guns into assault-style weapons, and SB 683, which requires individuals purchasing rifles and shotguns to first obtain gun safety certification, as is already the case with those buying handguns.
Brown vetoed a bill that would ban all future manufacturing, importation and sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines. SB 374, introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, would also have required current owners of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines to register them.
“I don’t believe that this bill’s blanket ban on semiautomatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance public safety enough to warrant this infringement on gun owners’ rights,” Brown said.
Lawmakers introduced and passed all 18 of the gun control bills that reached Brown’s desk after the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.