Thursday, September 12, 2013

California Enacts the Nation’s First Ban on Lead Ammunition

California became the first state in the nation to enact a ban on lead ammunition. The legislation, which would ban the use of lead-based ammunition for hunting, was authored by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of East Los Angeles. Assembly Bill 711 passed handily in both houses of the legislature but did have vigorous opposition from the gun lobby. Lean ammo is a leading cause of death for scavenger species in the wild. The ban will have a positive impact on wildlife and especially the California Condor, which is being successfully brought back from near-extinction through private and federal recovery programs. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.