SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will make California the first state to ban lead bullets for all types of hunting.
The Democratic governor says in a signing message Friday that lead ammunition poses a threat to wildlife. He says the bill protects hunters by allowing the ban to be lifted if the federal government ever prohibits non-lead ammo.
Opponents of AB711 argued that non-lead ammunition is more expensive and could be banned federally because it is technically considered to be armor-piercing.
Supporters of the new law say the use of lead bullets also endangers humans who eat game killed with the ammunition.
Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood says the ban makes sense because lead has already been prohibited in paint, gasoline and toys.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have banned future sales of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines, part of a firearms package approved by state lawmakers in response to mass shootings in other states.
The governor announced signing other gun-related legislation on Friday but rejected the centerpiece bill, which would have imposed the nation's toughest restrictions on gun ownership.
Brown's veto message for SB374 said it was too far-reaching. The bill by Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg would have outlawed future sales of an entire class of weapons that includes most assault rifles.
It was lawmakers' latest attempt to close loopholes that have let manufacturers work around previous assault weapon bans.
Gun-rights groups had threatened to sue if the semi-automatic weapons ban became law.