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!!!