Law Review: California subject to strict gun, ammunition restrictions

Law Review: California subject to strict gun, ammunition restrictions

California has some of the strictest gun and ammunition laws in the country. Gun restrictions often do not survive Second Amendment challenges, so the Legislature has been focusing primarily on ammunition restrictions. NON-LEAD AMMO ONLY As of July 1, 2019, non-lead ammunition is required when taking any wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California. Of course, this new law does not fit well with the (bankruptcy-filed) National Rifle Association and some hunting and gun groups. The no-lead ammo restriction includes hunting on public land, private land and even licensed game bird clubs. The new law applies to rifles, shotguns, pistols and muzzle loaders in any gauge or caliber. It applies for the take of any legal game species and non-game birds and mammals, and includes firearms used for depredation to take species causing property damage. Lead ammunition for duck and goose hunting has been banned nationwide since 1991. Lead ammunition is allowed for target shooting. The no-lead ban does not apply to hunting with pellet guns which are not classified as firearms, although pellet guns if mishandled can be as dangerous as firearms. Law enforcement and other government officials are exempt from the prohibition of lead ammunition. It has been suggested that hunters carry their non-toxic ammunition boxes when hunting to make it easy to verify they are using brass or copper (non-lead) ammunition. Violation of the law is an infraction punishable by a fine of $500, $1,000 – $5,000 for a subsequent offense. DISPOSING OF LEAD AMMUNITION There […]

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