Proposed Statewide Ban On Lead Hunting Ammunition In Calif.

SCI – First For Hunters

In the Crosshairs — CALIFORNIA   Edition

May 31, 2013

Kathryn A. Lynch

LEGISLATIVE ALERT

 

PROPOSED STATEWIDE BAN ON LEAD HUNTING AMMUNITION

 

!!!!IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO OPPOSE!!!!

AB 711 (Rendon) Hunting: non-lead ammunition

Anti-hunters are at it again! This time they want to expand the current ban on lead ammunition for hunting in the range of the California Condor to STOP THE USE OF ALL  LEAD AMMUNITION FOR ALL HUNTING THROUGHOUT THE STATE! 

 

If passed, AB 711 could actually result in the STOPPAGE OF ALL HUNTING WITH RIFLES AND HANDGUNS IN CALIFORNIA! This is because the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has made a determination that non-lead ammunition for these firearms meets the tests for armor piercing ammunition because of its chemical composition and the fact that various makes and models of handguns exist that can collectively shoot virtually all of it. It is illegal under both state and federal laws to use or possess such armor piercing ammunition! To date, ATF has not granted any waivers for sporting ammuni­tion and ammunition manufacturers are uncertain if they should continue to produce it!!!!

 

THUS, IF AB 711 PASSES, HUNTERS MAY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE POSITION OF NOT BEING ABLE TO HUNT SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE IS NO RIFLE OR PISTOL AMMUNITION AVAILABLE THAT IS LEGAL TO USE FOR HUNTING IN CALIFORNIA!!!!

 

SCIENTIFIC TESTING HAS SHOWN THAT THE CURRENT BAN ON LEAD AMMUNITION HAS NOT RESULTED IN SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERING THE BLOOD LEAD LEVELS IN CONDORS. IN FACT, ONE MAJOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY CHALLENGES THE VALIDITY OF PRIOR RESEARCH AND WHETHER HUNTERS’ LEAD AMMUNITION IS REALLY THE PROBLEM!!!!

 

ANTI-HUNTERS HAVE SPECULATED THAT BLOOD LEAD LEVELS REMAIN ELEVATED BECAUSE HUNTERS ARE IGNORING THE BAN AND ARE ILLEGALLY USING LEAD AMMUNITION!!!!

 

THEY ARE COMPLETELY IGNORING THE POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER SOURCE OF LEAD, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ONCE FOUND THAT THE STILL BORN CALVES PUT OUT AT CONDOR FEEDING STATIONS AT THE TIME WERE CONTAMINATED WITH LEAD AND WERE, IN FACT, THE REAL CULPRIT!!!

 

AB 711 IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. IF IT PASSES AND CONDOR BLOOD LEAD LEVELS DON’T DROP, THERE WILL BE LOUD AND FRANTIC CALLS BY ANTI-HUNTERS TO STOP ALL HUNTING STATEWIDE!!! THEY WILL NOT BE CALLING TO LOOK FOR OTHER SOURCES OF LEAD POISONING BECAUSE IT WOULD BE CONTRARY TO THEIR ANTI-HUNTING AGENDA!!!

 

AB 711 IS ONE OF SEVERAL BILLS SPONSORED BY THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES DURING THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION.  PLEASE VIEW THE YOUTUBE VIDEO OF LOIS LERNER, IRS OFFICIAL EMBROILED IN THE CURRENT IRS SCANDAL, AND HER TIES TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-n9BNmGtmv0

 

AB 711 IS NOW IN THE SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES & WATER COMMITTEE WHERE IT IS TENTATIVELY SET FOR A LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON TUESDAY, JUNE 11!  PLEASE ACT NOW!

 

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT THE SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES & WATER COMMITTEE, YOUR OWN SENATOR AND THE GOVERNOR IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO AB 711!

 

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUIRED!!

PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING TO OPPOSE AB 711:

 

1. The Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee: 

 

Member

District

Party

Phone

Fax

Pavley, Fran (Chair)

27

D

916 651 4027

916 324 4823

Cannella, Anthony (Vice-Chair)

12

R

916 651 4012

916 445 0773

Evans, Noreen

2

D

916 651 4002

916 323 6958

Fuller, Jean

18

R

916 651 4018

916 322 3304

Hueso, Ben

40

D

916 651 4040

916 327 3522

Jackson, Hannah–Beth

19

D

916 651 4019

916 324 7544

Lara, Ricardo

33

D

916 651 4033

916 327 9113

Monning, William

17

D

916 651 4017

916 445 8081

Wolk, Lois

3

D

916 651 4003

916 323 2304

 

2. Your Own Legislative District Senator: http://senate.ca.gov/senators

TO LOCATE YOUR SENATOR BY YOUR ZIPCODE:

Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.

 

3. Governor Jerry Brown:  Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.  To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.

 

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