California Governor Signs Draconian Ivory Ban Bill

Ivory Piano Keys
Musicians have been allowed an exception for their instruments with ivory because, well, I suppose they are more equal than all the rest of the population, or maybe, because they usually vote for those who are pushing the ban.
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Gilbert, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- In the first victory this year for the irrational ivory ban proponents, after defeats in over a dozen states, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Ivory Ban bill, AB 96, on Sunday.

The ban does not go into force until July 1, 2016. At that time, all sale and trade of knives with ivory from “elephant, mammoth, mastodon, walrus, warthog, whale, or narwhal” are essentially banned with potential five figure fines for each infraction.

Musicians have been allowed an exception for their instruments with ivory because, well, I suppose they are more equal than all the rest of the population, or maybe, because they usually vote for those who are pushing the ban.

Outright lies and emotional appeals have once again trumped facts and science. This punitive and draconian ivory ban won’t save a single elephant in Africa and only steals millions of dollars from law-abiding Californians.

Knife Rights abhors the poaching of all species. The proven solution is to attack poaching at the source and in the primary destinations for the illegal ivory, China and Asia, not punish millions of lawful decades-old ivory owners in the U.S. who cannot have any effect on poaching in Africa. Successful anti-poaching programs in Africa have demonstrated that an integrated comprehensive approach that support law-enforcement in the field and encourages the locals to fight poaching does work to save elephants. Illegally stealing the investments of law-abiding Californians will not save a single elephant in Africa.

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California now joins New York and New Jersey as the only states that have ivory bans, including ivory from extinct mammoths and mastodons. The bans have already created a black market for formerly lawfully held items that include ivory and fossil ivory, including knives, by individuals, many times seniors, who cannot withstand the losses to their investments and desperately need to cash in to deal with life’s misfortunes.

A lawsuit challenging the ban as a “taking” violation of the 5th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution is a possibility being explored by those opposed to the asinine ban.

Find out more about ivory bans including the facts, science and rational reasons why Knife Rights opposes them at www.KnifeRights.org

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Terre
Terre
6 years ago

You guys are sick. Just full of bloodlust. You want to continue killing sentient beings who have social structures and emotions for your own personal jollies, and you will lie and obfuscate to do it. You can be sure that you will face your sins when you die, if you never learn before then.

MontieR
MontieR
6 years ago
Reply to  Terre

You people are mentally retarded. Please educate us on how banning ivory from an extinct source will save even ONE animal.

old6string
old6string
6 years ago

I have several old guitars that have elephant ivory binding, all made before 1915. Guess that makes me someone who votes for the fools in high places. Wrong. Paint with your wide brush elsewhere, you have this one dead wrong. Everyone I know with old guitars and old guns hates this bill and does not and will not vote for those who propose it. Get it right. Stop categorizing people because they happen to like guitars. What an incredibly stupid comment. This insanity about ivory has gone way to far and you are not helping by assuming because you like… Read more »

icetrout
icetrout
6 years ago

Save the Mammoth from poachers before they go extinct !