This effectively will require the Dept. of Fish (no-one knows why Fish are not wildlife), and Wildlife to develop regulations that ban the use of ANY lead based ammunition for the use of hunting ANY game in California. This of course includes the use of any .22 ammunition that is lead based (which is almost all .22 ammunition) in California. The mandate is that it shall at the latest take effect by July first 2019, but of course can take effect anytime prior to that date.
At this time very little ammunition is available period, and .22 ammunition that is not lead based is even more difficult to find, so for the short term this will eliminate much of the hunting in California, and reduce the income of the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife due to the increased cost of hunting with non lead based ammunition. It is of course beyond the capacity of either Gov Brown or those promulgating this bill to understand that the cost to the Dept. of F&W will be enormous and as such to the general coffer of California.
There has been substantial ignorance on the part of the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Commission in the recent history, in so much as the recent bills regarding the non use of dogs for hunting and the acceptance of this bill regarding lead. Lead is a natural occurring substance, has been used for many years as a base for paints and is found all over the state on state owned and run building within the Condor range, and yet nothing has been done to mitigate this source of lead, even though witnesses have seen Condors picking paint off of State owned buildings.
The Dept. of Fish & Wildlife has in the past recommended a reduction in the number of black bears in the state, around 2200, during a time when we had hunters using dogs. Now we cannot use dogs, what are their proposals?
Longer bear hunting seasons?
More bear tags available?
Multiple tags available?
Now we cannot use ANY lead for hunting, what are their proposals for this dilemma?
It is certain they have none! We the hunters will just have to suck up the additional cost! Hunting will eventually become a rich mans sport, the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife will loose revenue as hunters elect to hunt out of state
More on the California DF&W can be found here
More on Gov Brown signing recent gun related bills here