Phasing Out Lead-Based Ammunition

Thursday, May 23, 2013

(Sacramento) -- During a recent floor debate Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) urged his fellow lawmakers to approve Assembly Bill 711, legislation to phase out the use of lead-based ammo for hunting. 60,000 metric tons of lead is used to manufacture ammunition every year in the United States. Scientists say that lead-based ammunition is the greatest, largely unregulated source of lead knowingly discharged into the environment in the U.S. Assemblymember Levine told his colleagues "We have had a federal law for over 20 years prohibiting lead ammunition for hunting water fowl and in the eight counties where lead ammunition has been prohibited since 2007, deer hunting has increased." Here's more in this Assembly Access video.