Lead Ban Chronicles – AB711 Coming Down To The Wire
October 4, 2013
AB711 is sitting on Governor Brown’s desk right now, awaiting his signature to make it law. The deadline for signing is October 13, which is about 9 days away. Like many people, I think it’s probably as good as done, but Brown has surprised gun owners and sportsmen before. The point is, including today, you have six business days to send your comments to Brown, either to ask him not to sign (I hope), or to cheer the bill along (you’re free to your opinions).
I’m not going to rehash all of my arguments against the bill now. I neither have time, nor inclination. I’ve repeated myself so many times here and on other sites (blogs, newspaper editorial sections, Huffington Post, etc.) that I just don’t even want to see it again. You can scroll back through the Lead Ban Chronicles posts here, and on the old Hog Blog to see any number of points, counterpoints, and outright rages during the history of this and the previous lead ammo bans.
But I will say this to hunters and hunting advocates in other states. Please, pay attention. Get informed by going out and reading up on the research for yourselves. What you’ll find isn’t always pretty, and can sometimes be a little tough to analyze without a background in science and biology, but the truth is out there. Distance yourself from anything published by the NRA, Center for Biological Diversity, HSUS, or other extreme organizations and look to the science.
Be willing to put this discussion on the table before the talk of bans and restrictions turns it into a political donnybrook. Think as an outdoorsman, as a conservationist, but be practical. And then consider how to take back the reins of this wagon and get out ahead of the lead ammo conversation.