Bill to Ban Hunting in California Advances in Senate

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Bill to Ban Hunting in California Advances in Senate
National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Shooting Sports Foundation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today the Senate Appropriations Committee moved to pass Assembly Bill 711 (Rendon) which will effectively ban hunting in California by banning traditional lead ammunition; the first statewide ban of its kind in the nation.

The bill now moves to the California State Senate Floor and is opposed by a large coalition including every major hunting and sporting organization in California, as well as a coalition of Labor leaders and organizations concerned about the impact to their members.

Proponents of the bill have argued that hunters could simply switch to non-lead ammunition, but alternative metals are classified as “armor piercing” by the federal government and require a special permission to make, sell or possess. Thus far, the federal government has refused to grant permission.  Alternative ammunition would be exceedingly expensive and supplies would not meet the demands of hunters.  By eliminating hunting in California, the state would lose millions in conservation funding that depends upon ammunition and license fees paid by hunters.

Despite the unavailability of alternative ammunitions, the committee passed the bill, although it was amended to delay implementation of the lead ban until 2019.

“Not only does passage of this bill needlessly jeopardize millions of dollars of federal conservation funding California receives annually as articulated by the Department of Finance analysis of the bill, but these new amendments shine a light on supporters’ true intentions,” noted National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence Keane.

“Their goal is to end hunting and sports shooting, beginning with California.

“Both the Department of Fish and Wildlife and bill proponents led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have largely ignored concerns of ammunition manufacturers and the hunting community.  While proponents talk publicly about an immediate concern for the health of wildlife ingesting traditional lead ammunition, delaying this bill makes that urgency argument moot.  Instead, this legislation seems aimed at crippling California’s hunting community and industry and mission driven by organizations that want hunting banned.”

There is no sound science that California’s hunters use of traditional ammunition is adversely impacting wildlife populations. Supporters of the bill also knowingly falsely claim that using traditional ammunition poses a human health risk to hunters.

About NSSF
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they already have steel weights for fishing. and if they do band led bullets just use 12 gauge shotguns with broken glass, nails, and rocks..


What’s next? Ban fishing because fishermen use lead weights?


@Paul, it is just a lie being spread by anti-hunting extremists to hide the truth that hunters are the only ones doing any real conservation. Don’t believe dumb rumors spread by stupid people.


Re. my hearing the suggestion that hunters eliminate condors to force repeal of the lead ban laws–Any comment? Anyone else heard that unpleasant suggestion?


Allegedly the problem is that condors are eating lead from gut piles. A large portion of the Southern half of the state is already subject to the lead ban. AB711 would extend it statewide. So it did not surprise me that I heard a conversation suggesting that So. CA hunters start eliminating condors while they are out in the field, thus removing the reason for the lead bullet ban. These guys seemed confident that such terrorist activity would force repeal of the law. Just reporting what I heard.


This is total ignorance! & BS!! I personaly dont hunt anymore ( oh I hunted growing up and hunted & fished 24/7) I have enough arms & ammo to outfit a platoon of Rangers but I choos not to hunt( if It came to hunting or starving then I would hunt. Anyways its my personal choice eventhough im not a hunter I support hunters rights 100% !! And would stand with them protesting this lame shit! I would also sign any petition trying to over rule the bogus bill!! This is infuriatin & maddening!! People have been hunting in Kalifornia… Read more »

Capt. Newport

I was born in CA but after I returned from the Army this state was on a other planet. Like many before me I’m leaving for a more rational state.

VT Patriot

Good bye Kali-fonia. Used to be a great state, now is leading the way to being completely disarmed. I say let it go, we don’t need the socialist state as part of the “57 states”.


What else would you expect from the communist state of california. More anti gun rhetoric .

Time for a Revolution is here