Final Lead-Free Rules Adopted

California Condor, Photo: Scott Frier / USFWSThe California Fish & Game Commission adopted the final regulations that will begin the phase-in of implementation of AB711, California’s law requiring the use of non-lead ammunition for all taking of wildlife in the state. The phase-in will be complete by 2019, at which point California will officially be lead-free for hunting statewide.

In June 2013 the California State Assembly voted in favor of the bill that would require the use of non-lead ammunition throughout the state. In September 2013, the entire State Legislature voted to pass AB711. In October of that year, Governor Jerry Brown signed the historic legislation into law. As one of several organizations that advocated for the bill, it has been a long fight for us here at Defenders, and we couldn’t be more proud of the outcome.

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October, 2013 - Thanks to extensive outreach and advocacy from Defenders and our partners, CA Governor Brown has signed historic legislation into law that requires the use of non-lead ammunition in hunting.