California Gov. Jerry Brown today vetoed a ban on semi-automatic rifles but threw hunters under the bus by signing legislation that outlaws the use of lead ammunition for hunting by mid-2019, the Sacramento Bee is reporting.
Both the semi-auto and lead ammo bills were controversial, and the semi-auto ban would have been a trophy for the gun prohibition lobby, but it appears the anti-gunners tried to reach for too much. In a statement, Brown observed, “The State of California already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, including bans on military-style assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. While the author's intent is to strengthen these restrictions, this bill goes much farther by banning any semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine.”
Brown also noted that, "I don't believe that this bill's blanket ban on semi-automatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance public safety enough to warrant this infringement on gun owners' rights.”
But he was not so sensible on behalf of hunters, who now will have to find alternative ammunition sometime during the next five years. Various ammunition companies already offer ammunition with Even Golden State game wardens had opposed the lead ammunition ban. But the governor tried to give lip service to hunters and anglers as conservationists, while giving them a political slap in the face.
According to the Sacramento newspaper, Brown called outdoorsmen “the original conservationists,” and said the ban would “allow them to continue the conservation heritage of California.”
Hunters, however, think they’re the victims of an environmental lobby that has gone overboard to rid the landscape of rifles, shotguns and fluorescent orange.
Examiner tried to contact the National Shooting Sports Foundation for comment, but they did not immediately respond.