The war on lead ammunition

Posted on: April 14, 2015 | Bob Frye | Comments

If you’re a hunter, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the war on lead ammunition.

Some groups want to ban its use, saying it’s bad for the environment. Others say that’s not true, and that the anti-lead campaign is really an anti-hunting campaign in disguise.

That’s nothing more than talk in some places. California is not one of them. That state is the first in the nation to have banned lead ammunition, be it shot or single bullets. It’s phasing that law into effect beginning this summer. Starting in July, hunters will be prohibited from using lead ammunition on state-run wildlife areas.

Phase two comes next year, when lead ammunition will become banned pretty much everywhere and for pretty much everything except hunting on private game preserves. A total lead ban will be in effect by 2019.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has put together an infographic on why the lead ban makes no sense and what it will mean, should it go further than California.

Ammo under attack

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