The San Jose Mercury News reports that the Senate passed bill AB711 by a vote of 23 to 15. The bill will make it illegal for hunters to use any ammunition that contains lead while hunting.
The report indicates that environmentalists say the ban of lead ammunition will protect wildlife like condors and eagles from suffering from lead poisoning.
Jeff Miller, a conservation advocate from the Center for Biological Diversity told reporters that there was no reason to continue to use lead ammunition “when there are nontoxic bullets already on the market and in use by hunters.”
However, the California Association of Firearms Retailers says there isn't a lot of non-lead ammunition on the market due to it being classified as armor-piercing ammunition, which was already banned. The association worries that the new ban will severely limit legal hunting ammunition.
While AB711 has passed the Senate, it isn't a done deal. Governor Jerry Brown reportedly has until October 13 to sign or veto the bill.
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