California has become the first state to ban lead bullets for all types of hunting after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday over objections from firearms and sporting groups.
The Democratic governor said in a signing message that lead ammunition poses a threat to wildlife, noting that the state has prohibited it in eight counties within the California condors’ range since 1997.
Proponents of the bill said the ban will protect condors and other wildlife that feed on gut piles left behind by hunters.
“I am concerned, however, the impression left from this bill is that hunters and sportsmen and women in California are not conservationists,” Brown wrote. “I know that is not the case. Hunters and anglers are the original conservationists.”
He says the final version of the legislation protects hunters by allowing the ban to be lifted if the federal government decides to prohibit hunters from using non-lead ammo.
Brown’s action came as he announced signing and vetoing other measures on ammunition and gun ownership, including rejecting a bill that would have banned the sale of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines.
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