California Becomes First State to Ban Lead Ammo for Hunting

The statewide ban on lead ammo for hunting goes into effect this coming Monday, July 1st, 2019.  According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the ban will significantly decrease the risk of poisoning wildlife such as hawks, eagles, owls and critically endangered California condors from leftover fragments of spent lead bullets and shot.

“Switching to nontoxic ammunition will save the lives of thousands birds and other wildlife and prevent hunting families from being exposed to toxic lead,” said Jonathan Evans, environmental health legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity.

Non-lead ammunition will be widely available at gun and sporting-goods stores from more than 55 manufacturers.  Lead ammunition will still be allowed for target shooting at firing ranges.

At least 15 other states have some kind of restrictions on lead ammunition.

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