California’s Great Gun Grab: State’s Sweeping Gun Control Bills Target Firearms, Ammo — and Hunting

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

Among the dozen gun-control bills sitting on California Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk are measures that would outlaw lead ammunition for hunting as well as 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 states such as 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 and Firearms. 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.”

Mr. Brown has yet to say whether he will sign any or all of the gun bills, but the effort has already sparked a backlash against the Democratic-sponsored bills by one of the party’s chief constituencies: labor unions. A half-dozen California labor leaders have formed a coalition urging the governor to veto Assembly Bill 711, the lead-ammunition ban, citing the loss of manufacturing and supply-chain jobs as well as recreational opportunities.

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  • Dwightmannn

    People in CA need to use those guns to hunt down illegal aliens. Put a bounty on the heads of the illegals and lets start earning some money. I grew up In Southern Ca, and it is a Mexican stand off.
    Brown should be painted black as his heart is.
    I hate CA.
    The east coast is not much better.
    The whole country is going down the tubes, thanks to the elected idiots that we have in DC.
    Oust the idiots ASAP!
    The FEDS are supposed to be defending our borders, and they have failed in a spectacular manner.
    I am so tired of having to fight the tyranny online.

  • Akbull

    California giving all illegals, driver licenses so they can all vote and keep the Dems in office…The DUMB Californian can’t figure it out now it’s to late for them! Mexifornia will be disarmed and crime will run rampant … sounds like Chicago!

  • MudEngineer

    Such continuing self destructive behavior is proof positive that liberalism is a mental disorder. These new gun laws which will do nothing to make anyone any safer will force more people and employers to leave California. How stupid is that?

    • reggiec

      The left is not after lead ammunition or hunters per se. The following is their real goal. Every regulation or law they support has this as the end goal:

      “We must get rid of all the guns.”

      – Sarah Brady, on the Phil Donahue
      Show, September 1994

      Here are a few more:

      1. “Banning guns is an idea
      whose time has come.”

      – Sen. Joseph Biden, Associated
      Press, November 18, 1993

      2. “Banning guns addresses a
      fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe.”

      –Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Associated
      Press, November 18, 1993

      3. “We’re going to hammer guns
      on the anvil of relentless legislative strategy! We’re going to beat guns into
      submission!”

      – Sen. Charles Schumer, NBC Nightly
      News, November 30, 1993

      4. “I honestly think, and I am
      not an expert on the amendments, I don’t care if you want to hunt, I don’t care
      if you think it’s your right. I say, ‘Sorry!’ It is 1999; we have had enough as
      a nation… Only the police and military should have guns, it’s
      ridiculous! I know it’s in the
      Constitution, but you know what, ENOUGH! I would like to say, and I know it
      will sound extreme, but that no one can have a gun in the U.S., if you are not
      allowed to own a gun, and if you do own a gun I think you should go to prison!

      Rosie O’Donnell

      Dear Rosie is a prime example of the mentality of the left.
      They do not care if something is a right that is guaranteed by the
      Constitution. If it does not fit their ideology The Constitution can be
      ignored.

      5. “The most effective means
      of fighting crime in the United States is to outlaw the possession of any type
      of firearm by the civilian populace.”

      – Janet Reno, Past Attorney General
      of the United States, addressing a 1991 B’nai B’rith gathering in Ft.
      Lauderdale

  • englishrancher

    So who will be the first ‘courageous’ law enforcement officer to try arresting a hunter?