Lead ammo ban at issue in CA
The Calif. Rifle and Pistol Ass'n is circulating an alert (below the fold here) on a bill that just passed the Assembly, which would ban use of lead centerfire ammo for hunting within California Condor range, which is a large portion of central and southern California.
AB 821 (NAVA) - CRPA OPPOSES THE BAN ON LEAD RIFLE AND PISTOL AMMUNITON BILL
Because of a dramatic change in the State Legislatures political atmosphere resulting from the November 2006 statewide elections, a ban on lead ammunition for hunting big game, non-game and varmints that had been defeated twice before in the Assembly (2005 and 2006), has now been passed there and sent to the State Senate for furthers hearings.
The bill, AB 821 (Nava, D-Santa Barbara), which would prohibit the use of centerfire rifle and pistol ammunition containing lead for hunting in the range of the California Condor, a large part of Central and Southern California was passed by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Water.
AB 821 has recently been set for hearing in the Senate Committee on Appropriations on July 9th.
The justification for the bill is an unscientifically proven "consensus" that it is lead from hunters bullets left in gut piles and un-recovered animals that is responsible for the lead poisoning deaths of a few condors that fed on the carrion.
This issue is much more than an effort to save the California Condor, it is also an attempt to damage the sport of hunting by banning the most effective and least expensive ammunition!!
The list of supporters of AB 821 features major anti-hunting organizations and groups!! Their intentions are clear!!!
The author and the bills supporters have publicly stated that they want to ban lead ammunition statewide for all hunting of any kind. Some even support a ban on the discharge of lead ammunition for any purpose anywhere, except on a licensed shooting range where lead is recovered and recycled or is sent to a toxic waste site!
If lead from ammunition really is a problem for the survival of condors, it is not necessary to ban lead ammunition. All that is required is to interrupt the pathway through which a condor might obtain access to lead ammunition fragments. This can be done by simply burying or covering gut piles, or through other means not involving a ban!!!
Good news for Barnes, I guess.
Posted by: Letalis at July 2, 2007 06:45 PM
Loss of habitat caused by a doubling of the human population kills condors. Hunters pay the cost.
Posted by: RKV at July 3, 2007 06:21 AM
Remember, this is California we're talking about; no law is too goofy to be passed.
Posted by: BobG at July 3, 2007 08:33 AM
I forgot to add that anti-freeze on parking lots has killed condors, too.
Posted by: Letalis at July 3, 2007 11:15 AM
Ok, everyone use steel-core ammo.
Posted by: Jacob at July 5, 2007 11:19 AM
... and now it's the Welfare Bird, what happened to natural selection, if they're not meant to be, so be it. only Americans have time to do these kinds of things, may we should get back to work, raise our families , tend to our Grand Parents, go to church, build the prosperous society we used to have.
Why resurect a bird whose need in the current eco system is no longer supported by anything other than the Calif tax payers.
if it was somehow possible to resurect a T-Rex, would we/THEY???????
sfter we shift to Barns non-lead bullets, or omething else non-leadd, whats next??
i didnt vote for this, how'd it become law?????
Posted by: greg at April 2, 2008 10:56 AM
Another attempt of liberal faggots.... I get so sick of all their crap. Whats next...if they want my guns they are going to take the risk of being shot to get their hands on them. As for me I have lots of ammo and I plan to keep it that way. I can see why the so called "Cop killer" ammo is illegal, but Where is the facts and prof on banning lead ammo? I can't find it anywhere! Maybe we should just shoot all the condors and end the problem!?
Posted by: Ryan in Visalia at April 10, 2008 03:04 PM
Just remember where we live and who we have in office,and I thought we lived in a free country where we made the laws.We can always start a petition to change this.
Posted by: mike at May 14, 2008 08:57 AM
We need to get more people involved in what the supposed law makers are doing in our state so we can have a say in what goes on and remove those from office who try to take away our rights as citizens.You notice all the frivilous laws are from democrats in southern California who don't hunt or fish and have nothing better to do than try to make us live their way and people don't seem to care until it's too late to change it.
Posted by: mike at June 8, 2008 09:28 AM