California First State to Ban Lead Ammunition

On October 11, California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, signed Assembly Bill 711 into law, making California the first state to ban the use of lead ammunition for hunting. Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) proposed the ban to limit exposure to lead, a neurotoxin, harmful to both the environment and human health. According to toxicologists, spent ammunition is the largest unregulated source of lead knowingly discharged into the¬†environment.

Lead is  particularly dangerous for vulnerable populations, including children and fetuses. Even low levels can lead to developmental delays and learning disabilities. The fragments from lead ammunition are also extremely harmful to non-target animals, including the endangered California condor which only recently made a comeback in large part due to intensive species management and breeding programs.

The ban goes into effect in July 2019.

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