The California Fish and Game Commission is considering a state-wide ban on the use of lead ammunition for hunting making it illegal for the Gun Enthusiast to hunt with lead ammunition. Two years ago they were successful at banning lead ammunition in areas inhabited by the California Condor with AB 821 that was signed into law by the governor. Now through their hunting regulations, they have extended the ban to include .22 rimfire ammunition in the condor habitat. This incremental approach puts them in line to extend the ban to the State’s borders, which they are considering now.
Proponents of the current ban have wanted a state wide ban from the very beginning. The California Condor simply provided an excuse to implement a smaller version of the law to get us used to the idea. The anti-hunting and anti-gun extremists now are pushing to extend their little ban to prohibit all Gun Enthusiasts from using the less expensive lead ammunition for all purposes whether hunting or target practice statewide.
Lead is a natural element that comes from the earth. It is an element that all humans and animals alike require in their bodies, to a small extent. However, large enough quantities can cause lead poisoning. But it is ridiculous to make us believe that condors are likely to eat spent lead ammunition in the first place, thereby causing them to get ‘lead poising’. But this is the premise that made it possible for the anti-gun lobbies to garner favor with the Fish and Game Commission and convince them to enact this preposterous regulation. But now they are going for the entire State.
There is no scientific evidence that lead ammunition is causing lead poisoning in condors or any other animals. Similarly, there is no evidence that lead ammunition is a risk to human health or the California environment. What is evident is that a small group of extremist activists, who have friends on the Commission, will not stop until they successfully remove some more of our freedom and make the most affordable and ballistically superior ammunition illegal to all Gun Enthusiasts. They know the damage that this will do to hunting interests in the State. Further, it is a loss of freedom that we will never get back if they are successful at extending the ban on lead ammunition to cover the entire state.
Californians are encouraged to call and write Fish and Game Commission and request them to oppose all efforts to extend the ban on lead ammunition. I personally feel we should also request that they rescind the current ban covering the condor habitat.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE CA. FISH & GAME COMMISSION:
California Fish and Game Commission
1416 Ninth Street
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
E-Mail: (Please include “State-wide Lead Ammo Ban” in the e-mail subject line.)
Submit written comments, via electronic mail to:
John Carlson, Jr., Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon K. Fischer, Deputy Executive Director – Regulations and Policy email@example.com
Adrianna Shea, Deputy Executive Director – Special Advisor to the Commissioners firstname.lastname@example.org
Please compose your email with all civility beginning with: Dear Fish & Game Commissioner (name)