Starting July 1, 2019, lead ammunition will no longer be legal in California. (Bill AB 711) This applies to all hunting on public and private land, all wildlife and all firearms (rifles, shotguns, pistols and muzzleloader) “in any gauge or caliber for the take of any legal species,” according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). This ban was signed into law in October 2013. California will be the first state to require nonlead ammunition for all firearms-related hunting.
A Report conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) found the ban could impact the price of nonlead ammo while lowering the actual numbers of hunters in California. The ban is expect to drive the prices of both rimfired and center fired ammo up over 250%. Shotgun prices are expected to go up close to 400%.
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