Lead Ban Chronicles – An Update Of Sorts
August 23, 2013
Every day, I am receiving one or two links in my news feeds in regards to the lead ban. Top of the discussion right now is still AB711, and the gist of most of the articles is largely an extension of the same talking points we’ve been seeing all along. I have seen more of the articles including comments from both sides of the discussion, and it almost looks like the journalists are actually trying to report a real story, instead of republishing press releases written by the Center for Biological Diversity, HSUS, or the NRA. That’s something, at least.
But it’s not much. At this point, it is still very likely that AB711 is going to pass. It’s unlikely that the Feds are going to take any active steps toward banning lead across the U.S., and the military is still talking about finding a lead-substitute for training ammunition (most recently looking to replace the bullets in the 7.62×51 ammo with a “green” equivalent).
So, just because I’m aggravated after spending a couple of hours crafting a lengthy post to send to Huffington Post only to realize I’m saying all the same things I’ve been saying for almost five years… well, I’m just going to stick a bunch of bullet points in here and leave it at that. If you wanna discuss, go for it.
- AB711 is NOT a ban on all lead ammo in California, despite what Huffington Post’s “Gun Guy” has written in a poorly researched blog. AB711 is a statewide expansion of the prohibition on hunting with lead-based ammo which is currently in place across the “historic condor range,” aka, the Condor Zone.
- Lead ammo fragments and shot pellets are reasonably linked to the deaths of some scavenger birds, including the condor, but smoking gun proof will likely never exist because these are wild-ranging birds who eat lots of stuff. That’s a double-edged fact.
- There is no appreciable environmental risk from the use of lead hunting bullets or shot in the field. In the extremely rare cases of lead leaching into ground water, the problem occurred at shooting ranges. Most modern ranges are required to have mitigation and reclamation programs in place.
- Lead free ammunition is still very difficult to obtain for many hunters. Factory-loaded, lead free ammunition is not available at all for many calibers and chamberings.
- All condor advocates are not anti-hunters.
- Many anti-hunters vocally (and economically) support the lead ammo ban.
- Some hunters support the lead ammo ban.
I could go on.
I probably will.
But not today.