California’s great gun grab: State’s sweeping gun control bills target firearms, ammo — and hunting

by Valerie Richardson-The Washington Times  |  published on September 30, 2013

Breaking new ground in the state-level battle over firearms, the Democrat-dominated California state legislature has taken gun control into uncharted territory with a flurry of bills that target not just firearms and ammunition, but also recreational hunting.

Among the dozen gun control bills now sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk are measures that would outlaw lead ammunition for hunting and common types of hunting rifles under the umbrella of an “assault-weapons” ban. Taken together, the measures go far beyond the efforts that have inspired a sharp backlash and political battles in Connecticut and Colorado.

To put the lead bill in context, about 95 percent of all ammunition sold in California contains lead. The alternative is metal bullets, some of which can pierce police armor and are banned by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Critics say the bill would effectively end hunting as a sport in California.

“If California outlaws lead bullets, the federal government already outlaws everything else, so there’s nothing left for hunters to use,” said California Assemblyman Brian Jones, a Republican from Santee. “It basically outlaws hunting.”

Other measures on the governor’s desk in Sacramento include a ban on the sale or transfer of a class of “assault weapons” holding 10 or more rounds of ammunition, restrictions on gun shows, rules on firearm storage, and a prohibition on gun ownership for residents convicted of drunken driving.

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