HSUS TRUMPETS SUCCESS AFTER CALIFORNIA GOV. ENACTS LEAD AMMO BAN
Ammo is notoriously hard to find, these days, and it just became a whole lot harder on the West Coast, with California becoming the first state to ban lead ammunition for hunting.
Last Friday, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) praised California Governor Jerry Brown for signing the lead ammunition ban, AB 711, sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon.
This falls in line with Wayne Pacelle’s, CEO of HSUS, stated goal to pick apart American hunting traditions one-by-one,
“We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States … We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state.”
The arguments presented by animal rights and environmental groups say that lead ammunition has proven to be harmful for the environment, but are based on incomplete studies. In a statement from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), they indicate that there is “no conclusive science to prove that traditional ammunition is adversely impacting wildlife populations,” and that we should be “mindful of the significant contributions that the sale of traditional ammunition makes to wildlife conservation.”
Eliminating lead ammunition is a backdoor political move to place stringent regulations on hunters at a time when alternative ammunition is not available. If lead-free ammo does become available the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) may classify non-lead ammo as “armor piercing ammunition,” (18 USC 921 (17)(B)(ii)), which is illegal to import, make, or sell.
In response to Governor Brown’s signature of AB 711, Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel said, “...it is mind boggling that the governor would shut down this American tradition and actually imperil the substantial conservation funding that is provided to California through the federal excise tax on ammunition.”
HSUS is working throughout the nation to restrict the rights of American hunters. They won’t attempt to ban hunting altogether, but if their latest activity in California is any indication of what’s to come in other states, they won’t have to. You can bet they’ll continue working to chip away at our freedom and American traditions, state-by-state.
Would you stand up to fight against HSUS if they tried to ban lead ammunition in hunting for your state?