SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will make California the first state to ban lead bullets for all types of hunting.
The Democratic governor says in a signing message Friday that lead ammunition poses a threat to wildlife. He says the bill protects hunters by allowing the ban to be lifted if the federal government ever prohibits non-lead ammo.READ MORE: Reality Sets In For Fawn Fire Evacuees In Shasta County
Opponents of AB711 argued that non-lead ammunition is more expensive and could be banned federally because it is technically considered to be armor-piercing.Sacramento's New Response Team Looks To Address Mental Health, Homelessness
Supporters of the new law say the use of lead bullets also endangers humans who eat game killed with the ammunition.
Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood says the ban makes sense because lead has already been prohibited in paint, gasoline and toys.MORE NEWS: Sacramento County Boots Gibson Ranch Horse Riding Operator After 8-Year-Old Suffers Injuries
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