The Democrat-controlled California state legislature has passed a dozen new gun control bills, including one banning lead ammunition for hunting, and an assault weapons ban that would prohibit several types of hunting rifles.
According to the Washington Times, 95 percent of the bullets sold in the state include lead.
Bullets made entirely, or partly, from a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper or depleted uranium are banned by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) because these bullets can theoretically pierce police armor.
“If California outlaws lead bullets, the federal government already outlaws everything else, so there’s nothing left for hunters to use. It basically outlaws hunting,” lamented California Assemblyman Brian Jones (R).
California Governor Jerry Brown (D) has not indicated which of the gun bills he will sign, but some labor unions are opposing Assembly Bill 711, the lead-ammunition ban, because it would harm jobs and ruin the family fun of killing animals.
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“You’re taking away one of the few things our working families enjoy and can afford. Sixty-five percent of all union households hunt, fish or enjoy the outdoors” stated Mark Gagliardi of the Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 277, in Contra Costa County.
Governor Brown, who is a gun owner, stated last week: “California has the toughest gun laws in the country, and we’re proud of that achievement.”
“And I think we want to look very carefully and not just react to events of the day. When we pass laws, it’s not a decision of the moment, it’s a decision for the decades. And we want to look very carefully at what it is we’re setting in motion.”
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence praised lawmakers for passing “an unprecedented number of life-saving measures to keep our communities safe from gun violence.”
Both the Humane Society and Audubon Society pushed for the lead ammunition ban because they claim lead bullets introduce a toxin into the environment.
Source: Washington Times